Stepping Out of Your Comfort Zone

freely-89020When I set about publishing my debut novel with Amazon, I came to a startling revelation. In order to be successful and in order to actually sell books, I was going to have to open myself to the public and therefore potential criticism by said public. It was a scary thought, but hiding behind social media, I’ve been able to take baby steps in developing a public audience through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Goodreads, and of course, here on my blog.

It was terrifying opening my creation to the opinions of others. It still makes my heart thump at the thought of a new reader.

For those who don’t know me, I struggle talking to people, especially strangers. Even with those I know well, my knees begin to quiver and my heart starts racing. It’s ironic really, considering how much I talked as a child and teen, but somewhere along the way my adult self became very introverted and nervous when communicating to others.

But we all know that fear is not from God and we must concur our fears through His strength. So, I am on a personal journey to gain control over the fears that hinder me. Last year, I taught several lessons for a ladies’ Bible Study. Lessons I’m hoping to share on here sometime. I’ve started attending Book signings of other authors, forcing myself to speak to them.

In order to further accomplish these goals, I am stepping out of my comfort zone and will be giving my all into something new.

I’m going to be IN a Christmas Play.

That’s right. I said ‘IN.’

I have written plays. Directed plays. Organized costumes and backdrops. But I have not acted in a play. Mostly because I don’t like to draw attention to myself (unless I’m singing, but even then if I’m not behind the piano too, then I shake really bad!) But I’ve never acted in a play.

I was recently asked to participate in an upcoming Christmas play and I said yes. I’m excited and scared at the same time. My part is a medium sized part with about 8 lines, but I have an important foreshadowing to get across. I’m very nervous, but I’m looking forward to further concurring my fears through the strength that only He can give.

Have you ever had a time when you stepped out of your comfort zone? What fears have you had to concur?

 

 

 

 

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