Get comfortable with being uncomfortable
I love these words, they couldn’t be more fitting, when I had attended a women in business network evening a few weeks ago.
I came across this event quite by accident, or was it? I am not on Facebook a lot and this time I was looking at a couple of groups I am involved in and there it was. I knew immediately I needed to do this, to show up, put myself out there, surround myself with likeminded and inspiring women. I brought a ticket.
Honestly, if I had of known what the night was going to be like I absolutely would have come up with all the excuses under the sun as to why not to go. In my mind I had a whole other vision of how the evening would go, and speed networking certainly wasn’t one of them. Wow, talk about having to step up, as an introvert this was totally not my thing, and I needed to dig deep.
I had set an intention of speaking to 7 women during the evening. Well, I killed that and ended up speaking to over 25 women. This night taught me a lot about myself. I do have an inner strength and confidence which sometimes I forget I have. That I can indeed talk to people confidently even when nervous. I met one woman and we managed to have a quick chat before the bell went off for us to do our little intros. We both agreed it was quite challenging and I had mentioned that as an introvert this was certainly not something I am comfortable with doing. The bell went, and I was first to speak for a minute about who I am and what I do. After I had finished the woman said wow, as an introvert you just nailed that, and I would say you are verging on being an extrovert. Say what, I said really and then it hit me. It was because I was talking about something I love to do and so passionate about. And there it is. Even in the most uncomfortable situations the love and passion for what you do will take over any kind of fear and uncertainty you might have.
Saying yes to something without thinking, something that might be a bit random and yes uncomfortable is the perfect opportunity for you to show up in the world as the amazing person you are.
I want to share this experience because we quite often forget that not everyone finds it easy to connect with people, be in a room full of complete strangers, talk to them, let alone about yourself. For some it doesn’t come naturally, and it takes a whole lot of courage, an inner strength to show up as your best self. There were several women at that night all feeling the same, but everyone in their own unique way showed up and shined.
We all have our own unique challenges, and they are designed especially for you to learn, grow and become the best version of you.
I came away from that night feeling like I had truly showed up as me, I didn't hold back. It was moment where I celebrated who I am inside and out and shared it with the world. Well, not quite but you know what I mean. It was everything I had hoped for and more and I totally recommend giving it a try, Yes, it will feel weird and you will have to push through many personal barriers but I can assure you it's beautiful when you do. The feeling is out of this world.
To celebrate who you are inside and out you have to get comfortable with being uncomfortable. It’s taking that leap, pushing that fear aside and just giving it all you got.