I’m a nerd!

So I’m heading out today for a Mastermind meeting in Las Vegas with knots in my stomach. Why the knots?? I’m stepping HUGELY outside my comfort zone this weekend to attend this Mastermind group where I am learning from very accomplished fitness industry leaders about developing fitness products (books, ebooks, DVDs). The reason this is so scary for me is that I have only just recently starting thinking about adding this component to my business. The rest of the people participating in this event already have products (that are hugely successful, in most cases), have been in this field for awhile now and they all know each other already. I’m totally the new kid on the block. Nothing freaks me out more than being the new kid. I never changed schools growing up, well except to transition (with all my best friends) from the 8th grade to high school (so that doesn’t really count.) When I went away to college I was a DISASTER. Picture a blubbering mess of a 19 year old, wrapped around her mother, begging, “Please don’t leave me here!” Yup, that was me. I told you – I’m a nerd!

So I did not have a meltdown this morning, begging my husband to hold be back from getting on the plane. Instead, I have learned over time how to handle things that freak me out. I started my day with a 4:45 am run. Yes, cardio has to happen when I’m nervous. It is the ONLY way to ease my nerves. Also, I’ve armed myself with a fancy new notebook, fancy new rollerball pens and fancy new highlighters. I’m so ready to take some kick ass notes this weekend. You should have seen me shopping for my new school supplies. Give me an Office Max and I am a kid in a candy store. I’m such a nerd!

But most importantly, I keep reminding myself that every time I have stepped out of my comfort zone as an adult it has hugely impacted my life. It started with my first half marathon in 1998, long before I knew I would ever become a trainer. Then I went back to school, even after my friend who was supposed to become a trainer with me backed out. Then I started my own business. Talk about peeing my pants . . . NEVER, EVER thought I’d run my own business. Now I’m taking steps each year to build my business to be bigger, better and serve more people. And with each step comes moments when I think I’m going to completely fall apart, because who the heck do I think I am running my own business?! But with the completion of every new step, I emerge screaming, “HELL YEAH!!! I JUST DID THAT!” Then begins the next stage of planning for the next big (gut wrenching) step.

So if you’re wondering why I’m blogging about this, I’d like you to think about the last time you stepped out of your comfort zone. Really think . . . . What sort of an impact did it have on your life? I’m telling you, nothing will change you like stepping out of your comfort zone. It will make your stronger mentally, emotionally and physically. It will prepare you to take on challenges and accomplish things you never thought possible. If you stay in your comfort zone you’ll stay right where you’re at. Is that where you want to be? Would you like to be somewhere else? Where would you like to be in one year? In five years?

Ok, here I go, off to the airport. While I have good reason to be nervous about all sorts of things in the next few days, mostly I’m nervous about being the new kid tomorrow. I hope people are nice and someone wants to be my friend. That’s really my biggest fear right now. I know, I’m such a nerd!