Stepping Outside of Your Comfort Zone

I am a writer. Always have been, always will be. Writing comes pretty easily to me and, in many ways, has been a cornerstone and defining aspect of my personality for the better part of a decade.

So…why a start podcast?

It’s pretty simple really: to step outside of my comfort zone.

Deciding to take on an entirely new project that I had absolutely zero experience working with was, in one word, terrifying. I made up my mind that if I was going to do this, I was going to try and figure it out myself. I wasn’t going to pay somebody to edit or produce it, it was going to come from me – all me – authentically.

So, I had some learning to do. A LOT of learning. As in, I didn’t even know how to turn on Garage Band or what in the heck “podsafe” music was. I had no clue what a hosting site was. Or what equipment I needed. Or how to properly speak into a mic. Or how to design a logo. Or how to publish the damn thing on iTunes, Spotify, GooglePlay and the other dozen or so places podcasts apparently live. I didn’t know a lot…until I did.

If this new adventure has taught me anything so far, it’s that the possibilities of our creativity are only limited by our own inner critics. If you believe that you can’t do it, then you can’t. It’s just that simple. But if you trust that you can figure it out, that you can make a change or start something new…then you can.

Starting this podcast is completely outside of my comfort zone. As a writer, I really prefer to express myself through written words as opposed to speech. And while I have been called a pretty decent public speaker over the years, the truth is that speaking causes me a tremendous amount of anxiety.

It’s true. I used to hate ordering a pizza over the phone (thank you Postmates!). I used to get so nervous before a mock trial competition or an appearance in court. I am naturally one of the most awkward people you’ll meet at a dinner party. Lunch dates and coffee meetings wig me out. Conference calls are enough to give me a panic attack. I used to cringe at the sound of my own voice. I’ve felt self-conscious about my speaking habits and whether or not I say “like” too many times for years. I used to stutter and stammer. I even prefer to write lengthy letters to my loved ones as opposed to expressing my emotions out loud. But when I moved to New York, something weird happened…

I decided that I wanted to try something new.

I knew that moving to a brand new city would require a bit of effort on my part. That I would have to place myself in uncomfortable situations in the short-term to make lasting, real changes in the long-term. That I would need to step outside of my comfort zone to find the sort of success and happiness I’ve always wanted and which I have been working towards since I left the law a little over 2 years ago.

So I started saying “Yes!” to more of those coffee and lunch dates. I signed up for a restorative teacher training to make some new friends. I researched organizations in the city to volunteer with. I went to free concerts and festivals and museums. I started working out every day and eating a little better. I tried different restaurants and cuisines. I went to plays on Broadway by myself. I went to the movies by myself. I started (reluctantly) drinking more water. I stopped wearing yoga pants every single day and actually got dressed. I contributed to new publications. I started my first novel. And I created my very own podcast…all by myself.

Stepping outside of your comfort zone is incredibly difficult, and it sure as hell has been tough for me. This entire year has felt like one giant learning curve, but I can’t stop. I just can’t. Because for every minute or hour filled with a bit of fear, something truly amazing begins to take shape. Each and every time I’ve pushed myself outside of my comfort zone…magic has happened.

Here’s to more magic,

The Yogi Lawyer

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