If I had my way I would live forever in my comfort zone. Even the name of it sounds good – comfort zone. Lovely pictures of feather beds, coffee, chocolate, and books come to mind.
However this is not where I find myself this week.
Over the past couple of weeks I have been trying to launch a business. I’ll call it launched when I actually have customers. Right now I have a website and an advertising campaign, a Facebook page, a LinkedIn page, and an email sent to colleagues.
This is so far out of my comfort zone it’s not funny. Every little step I take takes a decent load of energy. It’s all so scary. What if it goes wrong?
Well, what if it does?
And that’s the thing. I’m just trying to launch a small business. And the reason for that is that I want to work from home. If it doesn’t work, that’s ok, I will start looking for work again and take what comes my way.
If it all falls flat it will be a bit of an embarrassment. But I have until June to make this thing work. That’s a few months. I’ll be embarrassed then if it hasn’t worked, and rejoicing if it has.
The thing that gets me is that I am doing this to make my life better. If everything works according to plan I will be able to work from home, work on my writing, and make a little money to live off. Life will be excellent. I know, I know, life will still be full of ups and downs but I still think there will be benefits from doing this, I wouldn’t be doing it otherwise.
So there will be benefits, but to get to those benefits I have to do this stretchy business of advertising, putting myself out there, being prepared to be rejected and scorned. I have to be thick skinned, audacious, pushy even.
I have to step out of my comfort zone.
Nothing good will happen if I stay in my little quiet space, comfortable, secure.
I think that comfort zones are not static, they are dynamic. They are either growing, or shrinking. If I don’t want to stretch my comfort zone in this way, I need to stretch it in another way, because to do nothing is to start to shrink into myself. To lose the ability to do what I already do.
So I am choosing to stretch my comfort zone out into areas where at present it is anything but comfortable, in the hope of future benefit, and also just to keep growing. I want my life, my reach, to continually expand and grow. I want to use my talents, to take risks, and to leave the outcome in God’s hands.
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