Things To Do Before Leaping Out Of Your Comfort Zone #MondayBlogs #Podcasting #Writers

 

In the next few weeks I will be leaping out of my comfort zone with the launch of my comedy fictional podcast.

I have never done anything like this before. It took me a long time to share my writing on my blog and when I did it felt like a leap out of my comfort zone. Then I took another jump outside my warm and coxy comfort zone by sticking my stuff on Wattpad. Now it feels like I am going to be flinging myself into the air yet again by taking my work onto iTunes and putting my own voice to it, as opposed to hiding behind a blog post.

So I thought it would be a good idea to do a preparation style blog post, which will run through all the things you need to do before leaping outside of your comfort zone.

Things to do before leaping out of your comfort zone:

  1. Focus on the why. Think about why you are leaping out of your comfort zone and the benefits that it will bring. These benefits will help you fight your way through fear. Ok so I am just running through my reasons for this…I am nutsdeluded and have a screw loose. There is one reason and that it is – I want to perform a bit of magic. I want to see whether I can lift my Roxy Collins comedy off the page and bring my character and her world to life via a weekly podcast. This for me is what being a writer is really about; making people, worlds and stories come alive.
  2. Enjoy the build up experience. Have some fun along the way and the enjoy the build up to leaping out of your comfort zone. I can’t say that listening to my own voice again and again has been fun but teaching myself how to use GarageBand has been really enjoyable. Celebrating my success on joining up the podcast intro music, the voice intro, the narration and end music in GarageBand resulted in me doing an energetic celebratory dance around the kitchen. I know some of you out there will be now eye rolling your laptop / tablet screen whilst muttering “that is soooo easy!” I struggle with simple things. Rewriting parts of Roxy and adapting it for a podcast has brought me closer to my characters. I feel like I am starting to get under the skin of Roxy and hearing her talk, in the voice that I am using, is quite surreal.
  3. Start a diary. Use a diary to record your feelings as you prepare to journey into the unknown. A diary is useful for working through the huge bouts of self-doubt which go hand in hand with taking a leap out of your comfort zone. A diary takes away some of the pressure from friends and family as you can turn to it day or night.
  4. Listen to upbeat and motivational music. Do everything you can to remain positive.  I have created a new playlist full of pop classics and 80’s movie soundtracks.
  5. Embrace the idea of making a fool of yourself. Ditch the perfect image of yourself!  In order to bring my character Roxy to life I am going to have to make a fool of myself. But the urge to do something magical is stronger than the fear of people laughing at me.
  6. Create a list of powerful quotes for the final days before you jump out of your comfort zone. Steven Pressfield in his book ‘The War of Art’ talks about how the fight against resistance is worse at the end of a project when your energy levels are low and you are vulnerable.  So here are the quotes that are keeping me going:

More often than not, being brave means doing it scared – Michael Hyatt.

The more important an activity is to your soul’s evolution, the more resistance you will feel to it – the more fear you will feel – Steven Pressfield

Until you are ready to look foolish, you’ll never have the possibility of being great – Cher

Wish me luck readers!

Stay tuned for news of my gigantic leap into the unknown; the world of podcasting!

Have a fabulous day and virtual hugs to all those currently thinking about taking a leap out of their comfort zone!

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50 thoughts on “Things To Do Before Leaping Out Of Your Comfort Zone #MondayBlogs #Podcasting #Writers

  1. Best wishes! I admire your courage.
    I enjoyed the post but alas, I’m more the seat-of-pants type and have become fairly good at leaping. For me there are two considerations before leaping. 1. Intuition 2. What will I miss if I don’t go for it. Everyone was sure I was mad when nearly nine years ago I sold up in California and moved to the south of France. I don’t have a single regret. Enjoy the journey! 🙂

      1. There are different ways of processing and for some of us it is that old intuition. I’ve learned that it works best for me if I pay attention to it. 🙂

  2. I’ve always enjoyed podcasts and thought it would be really fun to do one with my friend from college because we would play really well off each other. I wish you luck and when you do, I will do my best to support you and listen to it!

    1. Thank you – much appreciated. As you know with comedy it can be tough as you worry about whether its ‘funny’ or ‘tragically not funny’…and then there is the delivery of it in your voice. Yikes – just writing this comment is making me nervous 🙂

      1. Well, the best part and maybe the worst part of a podcast is that you have no audience, so you don’t know if you are funny or not. And I assume you have a cool accent so you are already ahead of the game there! My voice is super monotone, so I may never be a good performer, but I’ve done few YouTube videos and even if the audience didn’t like it, it was fun, so enjoy the moment regardless of what people think!

      2. I try to use the monotone in my favor. Sometimes it works, other times it makes people fall asleep. And yeah, it will be a good exercise for you. Either way, I bet you will enjoy the process.

  3. I’m on that journey with you. Just bought myself some wireless headphones so I can listen to the albums that give me inspiration when I write. Add to the list : Buy yourself a gift that will help you in taking that leap.
    Good luck with it, Lucy.

  4. I feel like I’ve spent the last two years leaping our of my comfort zone. I think I’m so far away from it now that I can’t even see the edges. I’m swimming, trying not to drown, in the unknown. 🙂

    Good luck with your podcast. I’m looking forward to hearing it.

    And great quotes. 🙂

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