Recently I was invited to appear on the local news.
The reporter had come across my blog, thought the name was catchy, and wanted me to share money-saving tips on back to school shopping with his viewers.
This opportunity to appear on TV was definitely outside my comfort zone!
The reported wanted money-saving tips? I try to be funny, not frugal.
He wanted me to appear on camera? I’m a blogger, which means I write and, when I don’t like what I write, I edit. Talking off the top of my head on camera was a whole new ballgame.
And, I wasn’t in his viewing area. He was from Flint, Michigan and I’m an hour away near Detroit.
There. Three really good reasons why I couldn’t do it. Heck, I even offered to help him find someone else.
Nope. He wanted me. He liked my blog.
So I stepped outside my comfort zone.
I told my kids we were going on an adventure and drove 45 minutes to meet the reporter. Then we filmed the segment over an hour on a Friday morning and it aired on Monday.
It didn’t suck! And it was fun.
None of this could have happened unless I stepped outside my comfort zone. Bolstered by this experience, I want to share tips for how YOU can step outside your comfort zone. If I can do it, then you can, too.
How to Step Outside Your Comfort Zone
- Don’t think too much. As I mentioned above, I started coming up with reasons why I couldn’t do it. These reasons seemed valid, but were fueled by plain fear.
- Listen to your gut. Deep down, I was flattered to be asked. Deep down, I wanted to do this.
- Be flexible. I really thought that it was too far to drive (and drag my kids) to be worthwhile. But as a mom with kids in sports, I’ve driven all over God’s green earth. So what’s a 45 minute drive on my day off?
- Make an effort. Drive 45 minutes? Check. Meet the reporter at 8 am on my day off? Check. Drag the kids out of bed early on a summer morning? Check. Put on extra makeup so I didn’t look washed out on camera? Check. (Ha ha, that last one makes me sound like a DIVA!)
- Surround yourself with cheerleaders. My kids were up for the adventure and thought the experience might be exciting. Later, when I shared the promos and the televised segment on Facebook, people were so encouraging. It meant a lot to know that people were cheering for me. Side note: my husband thought it was a scam. I said I would text him if it looked like we were being kidnapped.
- Go for it. When all else fails, just go for it. Just try. Leave that comfort zone. You might succeed. You might fail. But unless you just step outside your comfort zone, you’ll never know.
There you have it, my tips for how to step outside your comfort zone.
Do you remember a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone? Are you glad you did it? What advice would you give others?
Want to see my money-saving back to school tips? Check out the segment on ABC12’s website. Make sure you click the arrow on the photo to start the video (thanks, Mom, for making me understand that not everyone knows to do that!)