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What do a race car driver, yarn dyer, and homeschooler have in common? They all gave themselves that little push.
Are you too timid? Too squeamish? Give yourself that little push, and share your story with us at my first link party.
On this blog I write about trying new challenges, but I am continually inspired by reading other bloggers’ stories. With this link party, I hope to celebrate the ways we are all pushing ourselves to keep from being too timid and squeamish.
Some inspiration I’ve seen around the web
- Caitlin (of Healthy Tipping Point) writes in Open Water Challenge Race Recap about completing an open water swim, a phobia of hers that had caused a DNF and a panic attack during previous races.
- Ross, whose “petrol-head poison” is drifting, writes about pushing himself to participate in other types of car racing events in Things to Do Before You Die>>Get Out of Your Comfort Zone (on Speedhunters), saying, “The petrol head’s comfort zone: that warm and fuzzy place where you feel just right. It’s your ‘circle’ so to speak; the cars, people and events that you’re comfortable with. It’s what you know inside out. It’s human nature to stick to things we like doing, but it’s very easy to become blinkered and miss out on so much that the world of car culture has to offer.”
- Tessa, a young woman who is recovering from disordered eating, shares her bravery in Step Out Of Your Comfort Zone (on Amazing Asset) about her weekend away to visit a special man and how she faced fears about leaving the safety of her routine.
- Chris O’Donnell (on O’DonnellWeb) writes about giving an Ignite presentation in Stepping Out of My Comfort Zone. I hadn’t heard of this format, but he had to give a presentation accompanied by 20 slides that rotated automatically every 15 seconds. He gives this great tip: “Have fun. The audience is there to learn something new, be entertained, and maybe be moved. If you can do all three in one presentation, you are a star. For us mere mortals, pick two and go for it.”
- Christine (on Treasure Goddess) writes about dyeing yarn in unusual colors and combinations in Get out of your comfort zone, saying, “I’ve taken care of chickens, when I used to be terrified of the things. I’m like June freaking Cleaver (if June Cleaver occasionally went out with one orange hand and one turquoise hand in public).”
- Moonstone (on Yo Photographer) gives some great tips for photographers who have lost their “photography mojo” in Get out of your comfort zone.
- And for a refreshing change of perspective, Britt (on Miss Britt) writes in When Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone Sucks, “I mean, people almost never die of embarrassment. But the self-help fairytale of doing the thing that scares you and discovering that it and you are awesome? That storyline is not guaranteed. Sometimes you step outside of your comfort zone and find yourself, despite your best efforts to introduce yourself to strangers, sitting alone at a bar, clutching your purse and your Diet Coke, counting down the minutes until you can leave.”
These are some of my favorite challenges (both hits and misses) since I started blogging:
- I’ve got one more silver dollar: Karaoke (so bad it was good)
- Your Momma Don’t Dance: Zumba Fail (so bad it was just plain bad)
- 105 Degrees and the Awkward Pose: My First Bikram Yoga Class (epic sweating and cell singing)
Please participate in my first link party by sharing a story–new or old, profound or mundane–about a time you have pushed yourself out of your comfort zone and how it turned out for you.
- Link to a specific blog post (not your blog’s home page) that fits the theme of pushing yourself out of your comfort zone.
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