Hello there, lovely dream chasers! Welcome to my comfort zone challenge. Showing you how I pushed myself to take those first few steps into the scary world of change.
So, you learned how I decided to start with a company, to get my feet on the ground running and learning about working online. So I have this business and I have no idea what to do with it. The first couple of months were kind of a blur; I didn’t do much honestly, I passively sold, I was too scared to ask people for support, I vaguely told my mom and dad but I said nothing to my friends really. I was still scared of what everyone would think. I spent a lot of nights thinking, well this was dumb… I really can’t work online, I told my boyfriend I would give it three months and sell myself to a corporate job.
The problem wasn’t that I didn’t know what to do, the problem was I was scared to do it. That fear was sitting on my left shoulder saying, they’re going to laugh at you when you fail. Well guess what! I failed 102 times, I spent nights crying because I thought I had tried everything and it would never work, I spent days laying on my couch thinking why bother!? And I just kept picking myself up and putting myself out there until I made it.
One day, I was like I’m going to go talk to some strangers. I’m not really sure what came over me, but I knew I had to do it right at that moment before my rush of confidence went away. Talking to strangers has always been scary for me, but let’s get honest with each other here… what is the worst thing that can happen when you talk to them?
So I baked some cookies and I grabbed some business supplies and I went to 7 businesses and introduced myself. Was I expecting anything out of it… not really, this was for me. This was an exercise solely for me. To see what happened when I reached out. And guess what?! No one laughed at me, no one said go away, no one stared blankly at me, no one ignored me. In fact, everyone was super gracious, everyone stopped and talked to me for a couple of minutes, everyone was very excited about cookies of course! And the world did not implode. It got easier as the day went on and I found my voice.
This exercise not only made me feel kind of silly for thinking life would end if I had to talk to a stranger, but it made me have confidence in my business and myself. Now I thought – oh, maybe I can do this online thing. And so I did…
To be continued.