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Writer's Challenge: Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

February 01, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 127

I'm a health and wellness writer, a field I love and enjoy. It is a comfortable niche for me. Maybe it is spring fever, maybe it is yearning, but lately I have been stepping out of my comfort zone, and doing things I never thought I would do.

My foray into the unknown began several years ago, when I spoke at the Minnesota-South Dakota Alzheimer's Association conference. I planned to start my presentation with a spiritual, a decision that surprised my husband. "Are you going to sing it?" he asked.

"Yes," I replied. "Why not? I've had voice lessons, sang solos, and belonged to many choirs." He shrugged his shoulders in reply. Despite my confident words, his question nagged at me. I wondered if I had gone over the edge, as the saying goes. Maybe I would hit a clinker note and make a fool of myself.

When I arrived at the conference, I found I had been assigned to a large room, and the room was packed. I didn't waver, and began to sing. A woman in the back row, who knew the spiritual, mouthed the words along with me. Then I launched into my presentation, which was built on the words of the spiritual. The next week I received a call from the national Alzheimer's association, asking me to speak. Unfortunately, I had a conflict and couldn't do it.

This experienced proved I could shake myself up a bit and step out of my comfort zone. And I have.

Though I'm uncomfortable with self-promotion, I am doing more of it to spread the word about my books. Last week I emailed a local college and offered to speak. I also spoke with a program director. She was interested in my ideas and said the college had just received a state grant to promote writing. "Would you be interested in this?" she asked.

My answer was affirmative. "I will definitely be getting back to you," she said. After our conversation, however, I wondered if I had said "yes" too quickly. After all, I knew nothing about the grant, its requirements, or specific points. Oh well, the deed was done and I would see what developed.

Something new developed in my writing and I have been writing affirmations, which for me, is like writing poetry. Affirmation-writing fascinates me and I will continue to do it. Speaking at Rotary is another way of stepping out of my comfort zone. Instead of sitting quietly, I introduce myself and say, "I'm a writer." Much to my surprise, I am writing political letters for a candidate I support, action that is way out of my comfort zone and fascinating in its own way.

Have you stepped out of your comfort zone? There are good reasons for doing it. Meeting new people is one reason and I have benefited from it. Because I have lived here so long, I thought I knew "everyone," but stepping out of my comfort zone has led to new friendships.

Learning about issues is another benefit. Sometimes my writing life fits these issues and sometimes it does not. Still, I am glad to know about them and try to stay informed. Stepping out of your comfort zone also forces you to stretch your talents, to use every one, every scrap you have. You may discover a new you!

Copyright 2012 by Harriet Hodgson

http://www.harriethodgson.com

Harriet Hodgson has been an independent journalist for 35+ years and is the author of 30 books, including "Smiling Through Your Tears: Anticipating Grief," Lois Krahn, MD, co-author, "Writing to Recover: The Journey from Loss and Grief to a New Life," "Writing to Recover Journal," "The Spiritual Woman: Quotes to Refresh and Sustain Your Soul," "101 Affirmations to Ease Your Grief Journey," and "Happy Again! Your New and Meaningful Life After Loss." Please visit her website and learn more about this busy writer.

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