When is the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone?
It’s good to stretch yourself from time to time. That’s how you grow.
It’s how I’m growing.
I started this blog in 2009, the year I launched my SEO copywriting business. I’m proud to say that until December 2016, I posted some type of content related to online marketing at least once a month. Sometimes it was an original article, sometimes it was a video or an infographic.
What happened in December?
My big sister passed away from cancer. Needless to say, the last thing on my mind that month was writing a blog article.
2017 was a tough year, filled with the ups and downs of the grieving process. This year is better, but I’m still not as consistent as I’d like to be with this blog.
Grief isn’t the only reason why I haven’t been consistent. I’ve been exploring my relationship with God.
Divine Downloads and Spiritual Explorations
I’ve been reexamining my spiritual beliefs for several years. And when my sister got diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in 2015, she and I started talking about spirituality and the afterlife. Those discussions prompted me to take a hard look at what I believed.
And then in October, 2016 – two months before my sister transitioned, I had what I call a “divine download” during my morning meditation. An idea came to me that I needed to write a book about love. It would be a guidebook to help people live fully, love deeply and engage authentically in life and business.
My first reaction was, “This is crazy! I’m a business writer, not a spiritual / personal development writer. How am I going to do this?”
My higher power heard me because later that day, I got an email from Hay House advertising their Writer’s Workshop Online Course. I immediately signed up!
Unfortunately, I had to put the book idea on the back burner because several days later I got a phone call that my sister had taken a turn for the worse, and had been admitted to the hospital.
I didn’t revisit the book idea again until last fall when I attended the Hay House Writer’s Workshop in Orlando. That workshop offered tips on how to submit a book proposal for the Hay House writer’s contest, which offered a publishing contract as the grand prize.
After several starts and stops, I finally put together a proposal and submitted it to the contest. I didn’t win, but I considered the proposal a moral victory since it got me back on the path to writing the book.
What does all this have to do with stepping out of your comfort zone?
Stepping Out and Stretching My Wings
Writing the book proposal was my first step. I’d never done a proposal before. It included writing a complete chapter for the book, which was challenging. I tackled it in one day, asking for divine inspiration, which came thankfully!
I’ve also stepped out in a few other ways…
I recently gave a presentation on LinkedIn at a business conference in Atlanta. That was a first in several respects. #1 – It was the first time I’d ever paid for the privilege to speak. #2 – It was the first time I’d ever spoken on a stage outside of my home state of Florida. #3 – It was the first time I successfully sold my services (a LinkedIn profile makeover) on a national stage.
I invested in a vendor table at Craig Duswalt’s RockStar Marketing Bootcamp in California in October. This will be a big opportunity for me to raise my profile on a national scale. It’s terrifying and exciting at the same time!
Finally, I stepped out of my “marketing” comfort zone last week when I gave a presentation about my upcoming book at a women’s networking luncheon. The topic of my speech was Connecting through L.O.V.E. I had planned to talk about LinkedIn, but my coach encouraged me to follow my heart. As much as I love teaching business owners how to use online marketing, I feel I’ve been called to make an impact with entrepreneurs in a bigger way.
I’ve blessed to have received a positive reaction to my presentation from the women there. It has encouraged me to go all in on this shift in my business.
You’re going to start seeing more spiritually minded content on this blog going forward. I’m here to shine my light in the world and the way I intend to do that is to help YOU shine your light.
I know that what I have to say may not resonate with everyone. And that’s ok. I know my tribe is out there. If you count yourself as one of them, and feel that you’re ready to step out of your comfort zone, please comment below. I’d love to hear from you and help you, if I may!
Peace, love and prosperity!
Gloria Grace Rand