Scared to Get Out of your Comfort Zone?
Have you been offered something that sounds amazing…possibly too good to be true? And you feel in your gut yes!! But your head says WTF? No!
Well that’s a sign you’re being given something that’s scared you to get you out of your comfort zone.
It happened to me 3 months ago – I procrastinated writing to a detox retreat ‘Phuket Cleanse’ in Thailand to offer my services as a certified nutritional therapist and yoga teacher, not expecting to be ‘good enough’ to work for them having just graduated and seeing their rave reviews online.
And I mean, I really procrastinated…I really took ages. I started the email. Re wrote it. Deleted it. Re-wrote it. Got my partner to read it…then finally took a deep breath and sent it…
But I soon realised how much I was of value when they contacted me and were over the moon I was available. During the ‘interview’ call I came to realise my true value to them, but I had to do an internship…for 3 months…
I was really excited and I could feel it in my gut but my mind kicked in right away. I felt scared to get out of my comfort zone. Could I really do this? Should I do this?
So many doubts and ‘shoulds ‘came to mind…I ‘should’ start my nutritional business. I ‘should ‘ be sensible and start sorting my life out as I was now beginning to feel I had my life back after being ill for so long. And I was 51 for God’s sake! What was I doing thinking of going off to Thailand for 3 months!? And as an intern!! What if I wasn’t strong enough, or didn’t fit in?
My mind put up so many barriers as I felt scared to get out of my comfort zone. My mind was trying to protect me as it’s programmed to do…to find all the negativity in case of danger. It took a while until I truly listened to my gut feeling and not my mind. This is my life. My one life. I’ve survived cancer. Many don’t…. and life is for living. I was an adventurer before so why listen to the fears now?
So, at 51 I was to become the oldest intern in the village 🙂 Well, if Robert De Nero could do it in the film The Intern then he was going to be my role model…to a degree 🙂
So I’m now in Thailand having completed my first week as part of the wellness team at ‘Phuket Cleanse’ and it’s been a whirl wind of experiences. Ok so yes, I am the eldest and the other interns are all young, beautiful, blondes but I’ve been made to feel so welcome and feel at home already. The Thai staff are wonderful and the vegetarian food they prepare all day, every day, is amazing.
I’m putting together ideas to support their detox programme with the practitioners and owner who are so incredibly knowledgeable. I’m teaching 4 forms of yoga and have found the best physiotherapist in town…Tom a friend of dear Shep Gordon, the manager of Alice Cooper, who I’ve worked with in the past. So much for the rule of 6 degrees of separation. This was just 1 degree and in Thailand!
I’m sure there will be lows as well as highs whilst I’m here. That’s life. But at least I’ve put myself out of my comfort zone and even if things don’t go to plan, there’s always the freedom to make another plan….and I won’t regret that I was too scared to get out of my comfort zone.
So why not listen to your gut feeling, not your mind…really feel…don’t just think…then jump! No-one knows what may happen in life, but by jumping in and not being scared to get out of your comfort zone, could lead to something amazing!
I hope this has been inspiring. If so please do share with others and leave a comment below. I’d love to hear from you,