Seek out the “uncomfortable” places, not just what’s convenient for you. Outside your comfort zone are where others need you the most. (Bo Sanchez)
Before I said goodbye to 2016, I decided, declared, and committed once again to jump outside my comfort zone. And boy did I jumped this year!
2017 has been an amazing year of execution, exploration, and experimentation. It’s been a year of saying “yes” and doing the things I never imagined myself doing. It’s been a year of jumping, diving, tip-toeing, and dancing into my courage zone.
My three biggest fears are speaking in front of a crowd, meeting strangers, and reaching out to people.
This year, I’ve spoken in front of more than 500 people in separate events. I sent “cold messages” to friends, relatives, acquaintances, and even strangers to offer my coaching service. I reached out to someone whom I just met and got to know online and hired her as my life coach. I asked questions. I said “yes” to meet-ups. I volunteered my time and services. And these have opened doors for opportunities to do meaningful works aligned with my purpose and mission.
Are my fears completely gone now? Definitely not!
Am I now gung-ho in speaking in public, meeting strangers, and reaching out to people? That would be a “NO” as well!
However, the more I show up and do the things that bring out these fears, the more I get courageous, confident, and comfortable with these fears. My “uncomfortable” then becomes “somewhat comfortable” now.
So what is the secret to having the courage to face my fears and take those small and big steps outside my comfort zone?
It’s because of my WHY.
My life’s purpose is to be my most authentic self and live an inspired life. It’s such an amazing feeling whenever I am able to express my truest self and follow my own path. And because of this, I also envision this sense of fulfillment for others. This vision drives my WHAT, which is to create and hold space for others so they can love themselves wholly and live their lives fully.
It’s because of my WHY that I am now speaking in front of crowds so that I can share my story and be a messenger, a companion, and a guide. I am now meeting with strangers and reaching out to people first so that I can surround myself with the right kind of people who could help me grow and be a better version of myself, as well as to open myself for opportunities to serve.
It really all comes down to your PURPOSE, your BIG WHY.
Instead of pushing yourself, you are now being pulled by something bigger than yourself. You cannot help but follow that pull. That pull is your purpose, your vision, your mission. Above all, that pull is your fuel to ignite your courage and brave through your fears.
So my invitation to you is to be clear on your big WHY. Let your WHY determine your WHAT. And then the HOW will follow.
To getting outside your comfort zone!
The Why Statement is the simplest way to codify your calling. It is a sentence that clearly expresses your unique contribution and impact in the world.
[…] spelling it out for yourself will turn it into an even more powerful tool. When you put words to your WHY, you gain clarity and direction to find the work, relationships, and organizations in which you feel most fulfilled. (Simon Sinek)