In presenting her Leading Women’s event at Palazzo Versace Hotel on the Gold Coast, Christina Guidotti, one of Australia’s leading experts on success, belief, conviction and commitment, said that it would be transformational. Little did I know at that point just how transformational it would be for me personally.

Some people fear public speaking, some fear going to the dentist. Give me a microphone and I won’t panic at the thought of public speaking in front of an audience of 2000. I even brave the dentist’s drill without any anaesthetic. But the idea of performing a dance routine publicly in my gym gear tends to make me freeze on the spot.

After hearing motivational guest speakers and enjoying a 6 star buffet lunch, we donned our lycra and performed an Opacize Greek Dance Fitness Demo in front of an audience of 250. With there being only 4 of us up on the stage, there was nowhere to run and hide. So I faced my Waterloo and won the battle in my head that day.

At that moment when I stepped on to the stage with the word ‘GROW’ behind me, I chose to step out of my comfort zone and I realised there were some valuable lessons in the value of changing my mindset from negative to positive and going from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset.

  1. Awesome things happen outside of your comfort zone. How often do you get an opportunity like this? If you stay in your comfort zone, you risk missing out on opportunities and then living with regrets. There’s more death-bed stories about people regretting what they didn’t do, rather than regretting what they did do.
  2. Don’t overthink things. Just do it. The more you think about it, the more you let self-doubt take hold and you’ll talk yourself out of stepping outside your comfort zone and going on to achieve growth.
  3. People will judge whether you do something or whether you do nothing. Everyone is a critic but none harsher than we are about ourselves.
  4. If you don’t try, you may think you can protect yourself and keep your dignity. The reality is if you don’t try, you automatically fail and where’s the dignity in that?
  5. Be present in the now and don’t delay doing things in the future when you think everything will be perfect. Perfection is unattainable and only serves as an excuse to stay within your comfort zone.
  6. Stepping out of your comfort zone can create some healthy stress which is a powerful motivator for you to act.

Not only did I learn these valuable lessons, I felt quite fitish afterwards having clicked up 2000 steps in just two songs.

And if you ever have the opportunity to be on a stage in front of an audience, dance like nobody is watching because they are not, they are all checking their phones. Just joking, nobody could resist dancing the Zorba and how awesome it was to see the entire room join in the fun of Greek dancing.

Have you done something you were really proud of when you stepped out of your comfort zone?

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