“Move out of your comfort zone. You can only grow if you are willing to feel awkward and uncomfortable when you try something new.” – Brian Tracy
Is there the nagging feeling that your life is getting too routine or too boring?
Then step out of your bubble and create the life you want. Sure, you could be saying to yourself right now, “But Matt, you’re thinking too ideally aren’t you?” It is better take action than to sit around in your comfortable bubble. Nothing productive comes out of sitting on your bum and watching television all day. Go out there and create the life you want. The least that can happen is that you enjoy the journey.
I went to the Farmer’s Market today. I had to buy some apple juice there. As I went walking along, I realized that I was thinking cynical thoughts. It was going to be difficult for me to talk to people. To force myself, I decided to buy a huge size of kettle corn.
It was either go home with way too much excess popcorn or hand it out to many people who wanted some.
I ended up talking to 12 people to hand out some.
1. A couple of friends shook their heads and smiled. A very polite rejection.
2. Another couple looked at me and commented on the popcorn. I decided to catch up to them and offer them some. The guy took some and the lady denied it. One failed rejection and one rejection.
3. I asked a couple more friends who were walking together and they denied it too. Rejection.
4. I went to an idle group of 4. They asked me why I wanted to give some out. I told them because I had too much. Two of them took some, two did not. Two more rejections and two more failed rejections. However, something awesome happened. One of them offered me their cheesecake that they just bought. I said no thanks. I rejected them too!
I also asked a couple of girls for some gum because I was attracted to one of them. The “leader” told me that the other girl did not like gum and that she had none on her. For some reason I just said “Wow.” Then they looked more apologetic. I realized I said that because I was quite nervous. I had to walk away because I felt extremely awkward. Rejection but much of it was due to me.
That was a good transition because starting tomorrow I’ll try to have conversation with people. Stay tuned.