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I’m a nerd!

So I’m heading out today for a Mastermind meeting in Las Vegas with knots in my stomach. Why the knots?? I’m stepping HUGELY outside my comfort zone this weekend to attend this Mastermind group where I am learning from very accomplished fitness industry leaders about developing fitness products (books, ebooks, DVDs). The reason this is so scary for me is that I have only just recently starting thinking about adding this component to my business. The rest of the people participating in this event already have products (that are hugely successful, in most cases), have been in this field for awhile now and they all know each other already. I’m totally the new kid on the block. Nothing freaks me out more than being the new kid. I never changed schools growing up, well except to transition (with all my best friends) from the 8th grade to high school (so that doesn’t really count.) When I went away to college I was a DISASTER. Picture a blubbering mess of a 19 year old, wrapped around her mother, begging, “Please don’t leave me here!” Yup, that was me. I told you – I’m a nerd!

So I did not have a meltdown this morning, begging my husband to hold be back from getting on the plane. Instead, I have learned over time how to handle things that freak me out. I started my day with a 4:45 am run. Yes, cardio has to happen when I’m nervous. It is the ONLY way to ease my nerves. Also, I’ve armed myself with a fancy new notebook, fancy new rollerball pens and fancy new highlighters. I’m so ready to take some kick ass notes this weekend. You should have seen me shopping for my new school supplies. Give me an Office Max and I am a kid in a candy store. I’m such a nerd!

But most importantly, I keep reminding myself that every time I have stepped out of my comfort zone as an adult it has hugely impacted my life. It started with my first half marathon in 1998, long before I knew I would ever become a trainer. Then I went back to school, even after my friend who was supposed to become a trainer with me backed out. Then I started my own business. Talk about peeing my pants . . . NEVER, EVER thought I’d run my own business. Now I’m taking steps each year to build my business to be bigger, better and serve more people. And with each step comes moments when I think I’m going to completely fall apart, because who the heck do I think I am running my own business?! But with the completion of every new step, I emerge screaming, “HELL YEAH!!! I JUST DID THAT!” Then begins the next stage of planning for the next big (gut wrenching) step.

So if you’re wondering why I’m blogging about this, I’d like you to think about the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone. Really think . . . . What sort of an impact did it have on your life? I’m telling you, nothing will change you like stepping out of your comfort zone. It will make your stronger mentally, emotionally and physically. It will prepare you to take on challenges and accomplish things you never thought possible. If you stay in your comfort zone you’ll stay right where you’re at. Is that where you want to be? Would you like to be somewhere else? Where would you like to be in one year? In five years?

Ok, here I go, off to the airport. While I have good reason to be nervous about all sorts of things in the next few days, mostly I’m nervous about being the new kid tomorrow. I hope people are nice and someone wants to be my friend. That’s really my biggest fear right now. I know, I’m such a nerd!

8 Comments:

#1 - Erika Parker Says:

15.10.2010

Right on Sara!

#2 - Kevin Daniels Says:

15.10.2010

Sara! I couldn’t agree more about the need to stray from the comfort zone…(try doing standup comedy!!!)…and I admire you for taking the plunge.

#3 - Brenda Says:

15.10.2010

Sara,

What a wonderful and encouraging post. I too love office supplies stores. Something about new pens and stuff I get attached!

You’re going to do great friend. You’re freaking amazing, who wouldn’t want to be your friend.

P.S. try and have a little fun while you’re in sin city as well. wink!

#4 - admin Says:

15.10.2010

Thanks everyone! Day one went well – yahooooo! So happy to have it under my belt. Everyone is really nice and super helpful and willing to advise/guide me in the right direction. Having a great time so far. Really appreciate the support from you, my fan club 🙂 . It made my day to see your comments when I checked my messages midday. Thank you!

#5 - Alexis Says:

16.10.2010

Go Sara! I’m excited for you:)

#6 - Ashley Byrnes Says:

19.10.2010

So exciting Sara! Congrats. What fun it’s been to watch your business grow over the years since I first met you…even from afar! Best wishes to you always!

#7 - Patti Goewey Says:

21.10.2010

Sara, I so cracked up reading this, cuz, I SO RELATE!

#8 - Zach Marcy Says:

25.10.2010

I was the guy sitting next to you on sunday. Now worries about being the newish kid on the block. We all start somewhere. I am on my 2nd PT studio, my first boot camp and i’m just delving into information products for the first time in my life. Honestly, this is something i’ve “talked” about doing for years and after 14 years in the industry i’m just now pulling the trigger.

Oddly enough it was never about nerves or confidence in me, but it was ignorance. I truly thought I had to have a book deal in place to write a book and have it sell. I figured I had to have a million dollars to produce workout dvds. Now I know none of it is true and i’m in a brand new territory out of my comfort zone, but loving it and using the pressure to succeed as my motivational tool.

Stay in touch and let me know your niche through the mastermind group. Talk soon!

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