My comfort zone looks something like this – comfy pillows, a blanket and couch. “Comfort zone” is defined as: a place or situation where one feels safe, at ease and without stress.” Like most of us, my home is such a place and I generally don’t like to go anywhere other then the store, to visit family or the ice rink. Ahh the ice rink. Learning the advanced level moves, requires me to move outside of what I have grown comfortable with. I can skate backwards like a pro. But, add a back three turn, my confidence just hit the floor. Though I am learning to master the move, I am still outside of what my comfort levels are on the ice. I am still taking baby steps to expand my horizons. At times, I do physically shake I am so scared. On the ice, the risk for injury is far and wide. I have broken both my right shoulder and right wrist. But, I still skate on towards my goals. I will pass the next test – Silver Moves in the Field and go on to work on passing the Gold. But, it comes with a certain amount of bravery. It takes courage for me to press through the anxiety. It takes courage for anyone to press through it. So, if you are one of those people, let me congratulate you now. You are doing great and you should be proud of all you have accomplished already. Keep going!
I see me starting to move out of my comfort zone with the film. Taking the leap next year to attend the American Film Market is a big deal. First, I have never been to the west coast. I have never travelled that far from home – my place of comfort. Plus, I also do not like to talk to people about what the story of Summer Ray is about. I would just rather point people in the direction of the pitch trailer or websites. But, I know there is coming a time when I will really have to take that giant leap and pitch to real live humans. But, because I am preparing for it, I will be ready for it. I will have practiced my pitch countless number of times until I know it like I would know a skating program. The pitch will become just as much a part of me as a skating program does. But, it takes preparation. I have to make myself, the pitch trailer and everything else that is needed, to be ready for the people I will be pitching to. It is like launching myself out into the deep waters. But, hey that is where the fish are!!! Peter did that and had so many fish the nets were breaking and his boat started to sink, he had such a haul. He listened to Jesus and that is what I am doing too. I am listening and doing!