Comfort Zone Leap Part VI – The Final Countdown

The anticipated big day arrived. All the emotions I have ever felt in my life before came to the fore. I slept surprisingly well the night before however nerves really kicked in on Thursday afternoon. No matter how much I rehearsed complete with a makeshift hairbrush microphone, nothing flowed, bits got forgotten or confused and in front of my mirror it just didn’t seem funny at all.

Time out was in order and I grabbed Ziggy the dog and took myself out for a walk. I’m a big believer that fresh air and exercise is as good for the mind as it is body. Thankfully no one saw me walking around talking to myself as my act slowly came together.

By the time I arrived at the venue my nerves subsided as I immersed myself in practicalities.

I stood tall,  delivered, paced myself and the audience laughed and applauded. I walked off stage a whole foot taller than I walked on it.

So the learning from this is simple:

When something is standing in your way. Check first that it’s not you. Comedy was so far out of my comfort zone that I very nearly didn’t do it. The nerves I felt that afternoon were all “what ifs” that were all unfounded. Had I have listened to those thoughts that were telling me I couldn’t do it then I wouldn’t have made that stretch to my comfort zone that has ultimately led to a huge shift in my confidence.

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2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. vintagevenueaccessories1
    Dec 07, 2013 @ 18:16:59

    Another great blog Caroline. Starting up my own business and being the face of it was out of my comfort zone, I’ve always been a behind the scenes person. Mastering that apprehension is a huge buzz!


    • Carolyn Trafford
      Dec 08, 2013 @ 10:38:50

      Oh yes – its being the master of our Achilles heel that is the secret to success. Well done for putting yourself out there – you have a great business, enjoy the success of it 🙂


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