I don’t know about you but I find it extremely difficult to step out of my comfort zone. Looking around at many of you, I tend to wonder if you even have a comfort zone – things just seem to come so easy to many of you!
I’ve shared before about my insecurities (most recently I asked why am I so insecure). Since insecurity is something that I deal with, I’m going to keep talking about it. After all, this post is talking about stepping out of my comfort zone, right? What better way to fight insecurity than to talk about it!
A few weeks ago I was contacted to review Arby’s new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich. It was a tight deadline with only a few days turnaround time. Normally I would drag Trent along for this type of review, especially since taste-testing food is right up his alley too. But, when I looked at our schedule for the next few days I knew that I was going to have to do it alone. Waaahhhh!
The truth is, I don’t think I’ve ever eaten alone at a restaurant before. Not because I don’t want to, but mainly because I’m worried that people will look at me funny, think I’m a loser, or I’ll conjure up any number of other crazy ideas in my head. I know! It’s crazy! People eat alone at restaurants all the time!
When I realized that I had to go it alone, I pulled up my big girl panties, jumped in the car and headed to Arby’s. I took my Kindle along so that I’d have something to do and wouldn’t just be sitting there eating my food.
Before I even stepped foot out of the car I determined that I wasn’t going to worry about what anyone else thought of me (or even conjure ideas of what they might think of me eating alone.)
As I was munching on my sandwich I made some notes for my review and then started reading my book. There were a few people in the restaurant but I honestly didn’t give them a second thought. I was so proud of myself!
When I left the restaurant I felt empowered. In some small way this review forced me out of my comfort zone. And, while I realize that it might not seem like a big deal to a lot of people, it was a small baby step on my journey to overcoming insecurity.
What About You?
What baby step do you need to take to start down the journey of overcoming your insecurity? Much like I did before I even got out of the car, perhaps you need to change your mindset. Our battle with insecurity is a war that’s waged in our mind!
Whatever insecurity you’re facing, know that you’re not alone in the battle to overcome it! We’re walking this journey together – even if it is one baby step at a time!