I want to host a podcast. I want to write and record a song despite the absence of even a hint of musical talent. I want to write a book. The thought of doing these things makes me feel a little uneasy inside. That’s why I know that I have to try it.
I’m going to have to step out of my comfortable little bubble that has gotten me absolutely nowhere to this point and I’m going to have to take risks. It’s not even a risk other than it’s a risk to my pride. Who gives a shit about a risk to your pride? Your pride is not going to hurt you.
If I record a song and it sucks, and people tell me that it sucks, that will hurt. The major victory is that I did it. If my first song or book is a 3 out of 10 then maybe the next one will be a five. Right now I am at zero, and even a 3 out of 10 beats a zero.
As we do more of the things that are outside our comfort zone, we actually start to make our comfort zone bigger. It starts to get more difficult to find things that make us feel a little queasy inside. If you write a book, it becomes more comfortable the second time around. We have to experience even more to get that feeling of discomfort back again. This to me signifies progress.
I’m going to step out of my comfort zone and try all the things that I want to try. I’m going to push my own boundaries and embrace the feeling of discomfort, and I am going to try to expand my horizons and my life.
You should too.