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Stepping out of my comfort zone

Almost 2 months ago I published this website and announced to the world that I’m starting my travel planning company. It was definitely scary and I was super nervous before I did this. I’ve bothered my friends and family for feedback multiple times before I took the plunge. But I learned during this experience that doing what scares me the most and stepping out of my comfort zone is the best way to grow.

I’ve had this idea to start providing travel planning services for a while now. But it never came about because I wasn’t sure it was something that people want or need. And why bother if I already had a full-time job that paid well? A job that pays the bills and I’m comfortable doing. At least that’s what I kept telling myself. Until I realized that I want more out of life and I allowed myself to dream bigger.

Comfort zone: a situation where one feels safe or at ease / a settled method of working that requires little effort and yields only barely acceptable results.

With this realization came the question: WHAT IF? What if I start doing what I love? What if I do this one thing that I really want, but that scares me shitless? The more what ifs I asked, the bigger my dreams became and this website & company started to take form. No one knew about it yet, so I could dream as big as I wanted. I’ve written all of my ideas down and there was no limit to what I wanted to do. As long as I didn’t share my ideas or my website with anyone, everything was possible. I was constantly asking myself what people would think or say or if I will get negative feedback. These questions and the fear of failure kept me from making my website and the travel planning company public.

I unexpectedly received the push to share it when Rayni told a friend of ours about my idea. I got a bit annoyed, because I didn’t feel ready yet to share it with the world. It was my secret project. But the friend reacted very positive and Rayni’s response was: See? Nothing happened and what’s the worst that could happen if you share it further? You have nothing to lose. It turns out that he was right. I slowly started sharing it with more people and each & every person reacted positive and very excited. This gave me even more motivation and energy to continue working on starting the company. Being the perfectionist that I am, it did take me a few months to finish the website. Especially because I wanted to incorporate most feedback that I received into the website, while still staying true to my own ideas.

While writing my life lessons that I learned when I turned 30 I realized that I’m not practicing what I preach. Why am I letting my fear of failure stop me from making this website public? I need to have a bit more confidence in myself that I can do this. I need to live more in the moment and not leave things for later. Change is growth and it needs to become the constant factor in my life. Combining all of these there really wasn’t any reason to not share that I’m starting my travel planning company. The time has come to take the plunge and step out of my comfort zone. It’s the only way I was going to grow in this journey.

On 14th of November I removed the “under construction” from my website and for the rest of the week I shared the link with family & friends. On 20th of November I shared it on my Instagram and Facebook. The responses that I received during these days were amazing. I’m forever grateful for all the support, feedback and well wishes that I received on starting this journey. It felt quite overwhelming at times, but most of all I felt extremely happy and at peace. I had nothing to lose, so I did it. I feel super proud of myself for this. And indeed: what’s the worst that could happen? Of course, there will come a time that I will receive negative feedback. And that’s okay. Negative feedbacks are tools to grow and to better oneself.

Stepping out of my comfort zone wasn’t that bad after all, I should do it more often.

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