Leaving My Comfort Zone, and Finding a New One

7 07 2014

I like to know how things are done; it’s my comfort zone.  I am not happy in a workshop when the presenter tells me I should do something but doesn’t tell me how to do it.  …Yes, I know I should be doing it — that’s why I chose your workshop!!

So when it came time to develop an on-line workshop, I was stymied.  I wanted the how-to information before I got started.  I wanted another person to tell me how to do it.  I wanted a step-by-step manual that gave me specific information about how I would need to develop my unique workshop.  I wanted; I wanted; I wanted.

I am one of those people who, when I feel insecure, needs specific instructions.  I get “uber” aware of my inadequacies and want someone to bail me out!!  I think I might even get defensive.  Can you imagine wanting to help a (somewhat) argumentative, defensive person?  Me neither.

I’m starting to accept living with ambiguity with this new effort.  There is an uncomfortable learning curve as I take risks, fail, and try again.  It really is trial and error.  Learning how to do something properly three days after I did it improperly contains a bit of triumph aligned with a modicum of frustration.

But I am growing — and in the process learning a new skill.  Slowly but surely, I’m learning the how-to of creating an online learning workshop.  In the process I’m finding a new, improved comfort zone.

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4 08 2014
anneheadley

Thank you for your honesty in this posting. I think you have helped your readers – all of us! – by acknowledging the need to keep learning and growing professionally.

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