Is a Good Thing.
This week's by line is about stepping out of your comfort zone. A comfort zone according to George Adair is, "Everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear."
For as long as I can remember, i've been a loner. As a loner, joining groups was for everyone else; definitely not for me. To join, meant stepping out of my comfort zone. When i ventured too far out of my safe place, two things brought me home. My dad's strength and the deep blue sea.
In addition to being a loner, I'm also extremely headstrong (or stubborn). Though stubbornness is difficult, it's also a blessing in disguise. Then, there are those times when the naiveté is ridiculous. I'm really amazed I accomplished anything. It does make sense why the road seemed lonely and many times very hard. Lonely road, hard times, equals, I'm my own worst enemy. Unfortunately, I allowed someone(s) else to chart my course. To deter me from being part of something greater than myself.
The tides changed and I joined the Women's Network of San Luis Obispo (SLOWN). They are an affirmation of experiencing, "everything you have ever wanted is sitting on the other side of fear." As a guest, I shared my Aloha. In baby step form, I committed myself 100%+ for that hour. Wouldn't you know, benefits beyond my expectations started to materialize. Professional, seasoned, successful women interested and impressed with Aloha Chicks.
Continuing with baby steps, I committed myself again. This time, it was my turn to make the first move. I reached out to the membership and again benefits abound. Now Aloha Chicks is partnering with an established Senior Service provider. Within a few weeks Aloha Chicks is working with its first weekly client.
Last month I shared a little bit of the Aloha Chicks' world wind flight which started in January 2018. Moving forward one year, Aloha Chicks starts 2019 with confidence and by Spring welcomes a rebirth. More and more "Balance my client base" circles my thoughts. Voila! I found myself with the time to develop the other 2/3 of my client base.
More Baby Steps
At the beginning of Spring, a recipient of my silent auction donation called me. She wanted a make-over on her chaotic downstairs closet. One hour later the chaos transformed into an inviting breathable space. A few weeks later, her friend needed help sorting, purging and packing for an upcoming relocation.
Another colleague who was going on a much needed vacation, asked if I would fill-in during her absence. By April my client mix was a balance of seniors, small businesses and busy households.
Recently, Gila Zak, Therapist, said, "A bitch session in your mind, leads to a bitch session in life. Try telling yourself, I want my ideal client to find me. I want to find my ideal client. I want to be paid for my services." Guess what happened after I started telling myself the latter?
Stepping Over Fear
Everyday, the universe unveils its magnificent ways. It encourages me to take baby steps. It guides me over fear. Do I have more fears? Absolutely. And as I face them one at a time, the bigger picture tells me nothing GREAT is ever easy. If I never try, I'll never learn. If I never learn, i'll never be part of GREATNESS. I MUA.