How comfortable are you? If you’re writing away, happily ensconced in your comfort zone, you’re crippling yourself. Break out. You don’t need to lie down on the street for 30 seconds, as this guy did (TEDx video), but commit to taking a step outside your comfort zone every day.
If you’re not scared, you’re too comfortable
I work with writers every day, so I know that writers have all kinds of worries. Hey, we’re all nervous. Anxiety is part of being a writer. However, consider what you could achieve if you were willing to go after your dreams.
I love this writer’s story of getting a $10,000 gig:
I was told their previous writer had missed deadlines, which served to confirm that at least one component in my “go over and above” plan helped me stand out.
I compiled a quote. There was so much writing needed that it worked out to more than $10,000. To my ecstatic surprise, they accepted.
We’re writers. Nothing BAD is going to happen to us because we go for our dreams. The worst that can happen is that we fail. Failure can be wonderful. It can be the best thing that happens to you, because you’ll try harder. (I’m assuming you won’t give up.)
What makes you uncomfortable?
I used to hate getting up in front of an audience. I knew it was crippling me, so I taught a writing class at a community college. I offered to speak to business groups. After a year or two, speaking became normal. Before each event, I researched, created my presentation, and rehearsed until I could speak without notes.
That stood me in good stead. These days, I’ve got no qualms at all about making pitches. I don’t care where or when, I just go through my process, and make the pitch. It’s fun.
That’s what happens when you challenge your comfort zone: you learn to trust yourself.
When you challenge your comfort zone over and over, you learn trust
There’s never been a better time to be a writer. We all have unlimited opportunities. Go after them, by challenging your comfort zone.
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