Friday, November 5, 2010
Stepping Out Of Your Comfort Zone
Yesterday, I received a really great email. It was from a woman I had just met. A woman who had just picked up a copy of Chasing Superwoman.
“Wow, I just read the first 20 pages and even though I don’t have small children and am not particularly religious, your writing is still talking to me!”
Why did this email mean so much?
Here’s the quick background.
This week, I attended a conference of women lawyers and spoke about Chasing Superwoman. And I was pretty nervous. What would my peers (and my client!) think about me when I opened up my soul? Would they think I was too religious? Even a Jesus freak?
For the record, women lawyers are a tough group. (I know, I’m one of them.) Which is why I was a little scared to share my story. In fact, the woman who sent me the email told me straight up that she was initially reluctant to open my book – yeah, it seemed a little too “religious.” (I was more than thrilled when she went on to say she didn’t find my writing to be preachy or judgmental – so she kept reading!)
Stepping out of your comfort zone usually involves some risk. Even some uncertainty. There’s no guarantee people will respond the way you want them to. In fact, every time I put myself “out there” I usually have a few second thoughts.
Why don’t I just play it safe? Why do I have to push the envelope? What if it backfires?
I still have a lot to learn about stepping out of my comfort zone. But one thing’s for sure. It keeps life interesting, doesn’t it?
In this case, I even made a new friend.