There has been debate on whether being an introvert is a characteristic developed over time or something that people are born with, I don’t know but what I do know is anyone can change and you must change if you are trying to do big things or just not be ordinary.
The realization that I wasn’t going anywhere or doing anything of value staying in my comfort zone was the turning point for me. I have big goals, goals that can only be accomplished by being great and to be great I have be a leader.
I had tried many times to launch my graphic design business but always failed because I was too shy and scared to talk to people and in a client based business that will not work. My mistake was believing that skill and passion alone would be enough for me to be successful but how can anyone believe in your product or services if you’re not confident when speaking about it?
The things I’m doing now like blogging, making youtube videos, going to network meetings, leading a workout group (more on that in a minute) is something I would have never imagined. The bottom line is if you want to live then you need to start living.
So if you are asking: how do you get out of your comfort zone in order to be great? The answer is simple yet hard, by putting yourself in uncomfortable situations. I started a local workout group in my community which may not sound like a big deal but keep in mind I was antisocial and feared speaking in public and when I say speaking in public I’m not talking about hundreds of people but as little as 3 strangers was alone to make me curl up in the fetal position.
Did I forget to mention I did not know anything about working out and learned everything on youtube? What is funny is my intentions for creating this group was for the sole purpose of working out and staying motivated but after weeks and months of doing this I started to break out of my shell and wondered what else can I accomplish by just getting out of my comfort zone.
I kept pushing my limits participating in network meetings, singing karaoke with friends, blogging and making videos. So there you have it put yourself in uncomfortable situations and you will be hungry for more but more importantly you will be driven to do bigger and better things.