I’m the type of person who will try anything once. Jellyfish with soy sauce in Shanghai? It was strange and crunchy, but I tried it.
Jumping out of a perfectly good plane? Done. Dancing like no one is watching? Bring it on!
Have I tried things and been let down? Oh yeah! Sometimes my adventurous spirit gets the best of me. Like when I decided I would try the spiciest Szechuan food I could get my hands on. Big mistake. Eyes burning and watering, tongue numb, and sweat pouring down my face was not my best look.
For as long as I can remember, I have always been this way and it has served me well. Not only am I not afraid to try new things, I am eager!
I’ve had a lot of great experiences that I may not have otherwise been blessed to have. It’s led me to the path that I am on right now. I am learning as much as I can about nutrition and wellness, so that I can help women achieve their health goals while supporting them and holding them accountable.
In order to walk this new path, I had to let go of my fear of the unknown and to trust and believe in myself.
At times it can be unnerving, but mostly it feels exhilarating to be forging my way towards a brighter future for my clients and me.
I realize that my willingness to try new things, risk making a fool of myself, or getting an adrenaline rush while whooshing down from 13,000 feet is not everyone’s cup of tea.
Have you been asked by someone (or have asked yourself) to try something new but just thinking about it made you feel uncomfortable?
Even picturing yourself stepping outside of your comfort zone gives you an unsafe feeling.
I think it is fair to say that we have all experience this at one time or another.
Many people enjoy having a routine and sticking to it. They prefer not to deviate from the course they are on, or to “color outside of the lines.” They enjoy the routine and that actually makes them extremely reliable.
That’s the beauty of this world. We are all free to be exactly who we want to be. However, today I will challenge you to step beyond what you know and into the unknown and see what happens.
It may feel more comfortable, or safe, to stay within the realm of what we usually do, but in some ways it is keeping us stuck right where we are.
The unfamiliar area is ringing the alarm bell….
We fear the unknown….
Studies have shown that we fear an unknown outcome more than we do a known bad one.
What if I don’t like this new dish?
What if I don’t have fun?
What if I fail miserably at it?
All of these thoughts are perfectly normal, but they all have one thing in common-keeping us in the “safe zone”. If you think about it, most of the things we fear don’t actually ever come to pass.
What’s more, we’re often unable to anticipate the good things that do occur as a result of trying something new.
As Jack Cornfield says
“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.”
For me, this quote says it all. If we feel the fear and stay where we are, we will never know the potential greatness on the other side of that fear.
We may fail…
We may be embarrassed…
But we will have at least tried. And that counts for a lot.
I don’t know about you, but I am going to feel the fear and do it anyway. Here’s to landing on our feet and taking the world by storm!