I stumbled across an interesting image on the blogosphere some time ago. It’s the picture of two different sized circles, the smaller of the two is labeled “Your comfort zone” and the larger one labeled, “Where the magic happens.”
There are different versions of it, but the message is the same.
Several weeks ago, I wanted to see what would happen if I left my comfort zone only for a minute and the result was not what I expected.
I wanted to start a Twitter chat.
Seems simple enough, right? You pick a hashtag, a day of the week, tell folks about it and then you’re up and running.
Bada bing! Bada boom!
Well, it’s not that simple. You see, for every Twitter chat happening there are probably dozens more going on at the same time, on the same day. At least that what I told myself as I took the first step.
So, I didn’t do it.
Then something happened. It was like I was on autopilot. I came up with my hashtag, picked a day of the week, time, and decided upon a frequency.
The first time, I was pretty sure I would be talking to myself. I started tweeting, and before I knew it, someone showed up.
The second time, I was still unsure but pressed on, and it was nothing but crickets for the first 10 minutes. Then someone showed up, and then another person. And then something said to me, look around you’re outside your comfort zone.
It’s pretty awesome out here – not quite magical but there’s still time yet. After all, that’s what it’s all about.
Join me for #wymnchat next Wednesday. I hope to see you there.