So many times we second guess ourselves, so many times we hold ourselves back from showing what we can do, what we love to do out of fear I guess it is. But what happens when you step out of your comfort zone? Good things. Good things happen.
I love photography but always kept myself from sharing my photos. I guess I just had it in my head no one would like them. Those are those voices we have to keep telling to be quiet ’cause they are just doubts and fear and they can keep you from a lot in life.
You have to step out of your comfort zone
Why am I telling you this? Because not long ago in a facebook group I’m in we were offered a challenge. The challenge was to submit something to BlogHer’s Voices of the Year. BlogHer is a BIG blogging conference. I didn’t think I could face this kind of challenge. I mean really, I’d just be putting my work out there and hoping they didn’t just not hate it but actually think it’s good. To say it was not easy for me is an understatement. But I mustered up all the courage I could and I submitted a couple of photos. And then came the waiting game. Do you know how hard that waiting is?
And then the time came
Then one day when I wasn’t expecting it I got an email from BlogHer. Oh jeepers, I really didn’t need to hear, “thank you for your submission but…” but I braced myself for it anyway kind of expecting it. But to my surprise that isn’t what it said. It said this instead!
We’re thrilled to inform you that your photo submission “Week 22, my Daddy’s hands” was nominated in the Eye Candy category and . . . has been selected as a 2017 Voices of the Year Honoree!
The 2017 Voices of the Year Honorees will be celebrated at #BlogHer17 . . . We hope you will join your place amongst our Honorees at the conference and ceremony this summer.
To say I was floored is an understatement. I am so honored to have my photo selected. And I must tell you there are some other amazing bloggers included in the list of honorees. I’ve known for awhile now but couldn’t let anyone know yet. That was sheer torture and here I thought the submission waiting game was hard.
The point of this whole post isn’t to brag, “oh look what I did” no not in the least. The point is, don’t let fear stop you from stepping out of your comfort zone. Good things happen outside of that comfort zone you’ve kept yourself in. But you aren’t ever going to experience it if you don’t step out of your comfort zone. Yes, it’s scary I won’t lie but boy it feels good when you get to experience the joys of the good that comes from stepping out of that comfort zone.
So tell those nasty negative voices in your head to be quiet and take that step out of your comfort zone whatever it is. Is it creating something you want to sell, opening your own shop? Whatever it is I just want to encourage you to do it. Push fear aside and just do it.