Can I admit something to you guys? I get scared. Sometimes, really scared.
Of what, you ask? Well, first of all, admitting that I get scared.
Secondly, of saying yes...to opportunities.
Sometimes when opportunities arise everything in me wants to say 'no' to things even though I know I shouldn't. Relate much?
Anyhow, if you follow me on Instagram then you know that a week ago today, I had the opportunity to say 'yes' to a wonderful opportunity to a lifestyle site called The Glitter Guide and as excited as I was about it, everything in me wanted to run away from the idea of exposure and opportunity to have others enter my world.
So, needless to say, I didn't say no. And it happened. And I'm learning guys. I'm learning a lot in this world of blogging and community and collaborating. I am so pleased with the interview and had the amazing opportunity to work with some pretty awesome sponsors and my newly found photographer friend, Ryan Flynn or Ryan Flynn Photography.
So, what happens when we say yes to the things that we are afraid of? Well, I've put together a list of my top three things I've learned about myself and how I win when I step out of my comfort zone and say 'yes' to opportunities:
I learned that I can do things I never thought I could.
Duh, right? Well, maybe not so obvious. There's something so wonderful that comes out of stretching yourself beyond the place of comfort and doing something that you never thought you would do. We're not talking about saying yes to everything that comes your way of course but this is really more about not saying no just because you're afraid of failing or don't know what the outcome will be.
I learn how to work with others.
And everyone who grew up as an 'only child' says, "No way!" Haha! The struggle is so real, friends. I'm 37, love Jesus and my family and friends but I STILL have to remind myself that surrounding myself with others who are strong where I am weak only makes me stronger. And that I can share my chocolates. I'm a work in progress, what can I say? When we say yes to opportunities we are allowing others to join us in a journey of discovering some pretty special things stowed away inside them as well. It's really a beautiful thing.
You learn from your mistakes and keep moving forward.
Let's face it. You're not perfect. And for this Type A perfectionist, that's a hard pillow for me to swallow. But, alas, it's true. Saying yes means you're not just saying yes to the opportunity itself but also to the possibility that something will go awry or just not work out the way you intend. Can I let you in on a little secret? It's okay. Man/Woman up, fix it when you can and move forward. As long as we are sucking air, it's gonna happen.