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Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone One Baby Step At A Time

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Stepping Out Of My Comfort Zone One Baby Step At A Time - Sharing my story to encourage you to step out of your comfort zone!

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!

Stepping Out

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!

Facing Insecurity

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!

Thrifty T

6 Comments

  1. Candy
    Candy10-08-2013

    Boy! This was a really good post. I made myself eat alone in a restaurant once since your dad died and have never done it again for the very reasons that you stated. I know I have a lot of insecurities, but one thing I can say is that I have had to step out of my comfort zone and come “out of hiding” for so many things in the last almost 4 years. I do feel good about those things that I have done. Got a long way to go, though. Thanks for your encouragement.

    • Tshanina
      Tshanina10-08-2013

      Good for you for stepping out of your comfort zone! It sure is hard, but it gets easier!

      I always have to remember that I’m never alone – He’s right there with me every single step of the way! (That always comforts me!)

  2. Crystal
    Crystal10-09-2013

    This used to be a big deal for me, too. I think I was in college the first time I went to a restaurant alone. It was weird, but now I don’t mind. Sometimes it’s nice to just have some alone time and read or just sit and think or people watch! I’m wondering if it’s more of a girl thing. My husband is a pilot and has to sometimes grab a bite alone and he could careless!

    • Tshanina
      Tshanina10-09-2013

      Hi Crystal! Yes, I definitely agree that it’s a girl thing! Trent’s the same way and doesn’t have a problem at all eating out by himself.

      And, I’m with you on the people watching! I love it!

      Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Kim
    Kim10-16-2013

    So, I also did the same thing….and I’m laughing about how similar we thought about our situations. But let me tell you, I had a plan…LOL. Here goes…. Usually, it is a Syracuse University student or prominent business person that I see sit by themselves soooo…..you guessed it, I showed up in fashionable attire along with my laptop and a notebook. I’m still laughing at how it was schemed up. Only now I’m looking back to see how sad that was…but hey, in a pinch, it worked and it was fun pretending! :)

    • Tshanina
      Tshanina10-16-2013

      Good for you Kim! I’m with you – a plan is good! ;o)

      And, even if you had to “pretend,” you should be proud of yourself for stepping out of your comfort zone. Was it harder or easier than you thought it would be?

      Thanks for stopping by and sharing your story!

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