I had been putting off making a phone call that I needed to make for the last 2 weeks. It wasn’t anything major. I just needed to call someone up and ask a couple of “how to” questions. I don’t really like talking on the phone, so I kept putting it off. The problem was that doing so stalled progress on a specific goal I am currently pursuing. I kept telling myself, “I’ll call tomorrow”, but tomorrow turned out to be several days.
Eventually I got fed up with myself, grabbed the phone, and made the call. You know what? The call went REALLY well! Not only did I get my questions answered, I also met a nice person that I will work with in the future. It turned out to be an enjoyable conversation.
When I hung up the phone I thought, “That wasn’t so bad. Why didn’t I do that sooner? What was I afraid of?” Probably fear. Probably also getting out of my comfort zone. Whatever the reason, it cost me 2 weeks of potential progress toward my current goal. I squandered the opportunity to cause something to happen during those 2 weeks in order to stay in my comfort zone. How lame is that??!! Nothing great ever occurs when we act (or don’t act) out of fear.
Moving forward, I’m going to be on the lookout for those the fears and thoughts that keep me from doing what needs to be done, and when I recognize them, I will combat them by taking the action I know I should take. Have you ever experienced thoughts or fears that hold you back? Are you experiencing them now? If so, it’s time to stop letting fear and comfort run the show. I invite you to join me in defeating them with intentional action. Doing so will not only cause you to move ahead faster, you’ll also feel great as a result.