If you want to go anywhere in business or life, you’re going to need to get outside your comfort zone and try something new.
In 2016, when Business Boutique was just starting, my team and I decided to try something new. We knew we wanted another format outside of our event to share the message of Business Boutique. We decided to start a podcast. And to be honest, it wasn’t my first choice. I would have much rather focused my attention and efforts on creating more video content.
There were a few things that factored into our decision to pursue an audio format over video format, but one large factor was that I was pregnant with my second son, Conley. We knew that it would be difficult to record videos and maintain a consistent production schedule through my pregnancy and my maternity leave. So we decided to try something new with this whole podcast thing.
Luckily it’s worked.
But when we first started recording the podcast, the format was hard for me.
It was recorded. It wasn’t live. There was no audience for me to interact with. It was just me. With a giant microphone in my face. Alone in a room with my podcast producer, Chris.
To put it plainly, it was outside my comfort zone.
I’m comfortable speaking to a live audience or on video. I felt limited with the audio format. I didn’t know how to translate my emotions and my facial features over an audio podcast. I was afraid that my energy and excitement wouldn’t translate. It was something I’d never done before.
Despite my hesitation, I trusted my team. And I’m so glad I did. We tried something new and we’ve seen an incredible impact.
We’ve reached over 2 million downloads and recorded 54 episodes.
We’ve heard so many stories from listeners who have taken what they’ve learned and started businesses, grown beyond their wildest dreams, and made money doing what they love. Think of all the people who have been inspired because we chose to communicate information in a way that could be listened to in the car, on a run or while doing the dishes.
It was all possible because we tried something outside my comfort zone.
What does that look like for you?
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We think of our comfort zone as something scary. But it’s not just that. Pursing something outside your comfort zone doesn’t mean that you always have to do something scary.
It doesn’t have to always be bigger or involve more risk; it might just be something that you’ve never done before—something that you’re not comfortable with. That’s why we call it a comfort zone.
When we choose to live inside our comfort zones, we make statements about ourselves.
I’m not a writer.
I’m not business minded.
I can’t do it.
I don’t have enough time.
We put limitations and labels on ourselves and then we live within them.
But what if God doesn’t agree with your labels?
What if God wants to do something new in you—something outside your comfort zone?
What if He doesn’t have those same limitations for you?
When you choose to step outside your comfort zone, the thing that used to scare you actually becomes a part of your comfort zone. One day you look up and think, I can’t believe I’m doing this. It all happens one baby step at a time as you learn, grow and become your new self. But it only happens outside your comfort zone.
As you become more you can do more, and as you do more you can go after more things!
In this episode I’m going to teach you:
I know that in my own life, every time I’ve stepped outside my comfort zone I’ve been equipped to take on even bigger things. Doing the thing I’m most scared to do often empowers me to take on new things, reach new heights, and achieve things I never thought possible.
The same will be true for you too. It’s time to get outside your comfort zone and try something new!
Y’all, when I say this woman is a powerhouse, I am not EVEN kidding!
Sarah Jakes Roberts is a take-charge businesswoman, writer and media personality who expertly balances career, ministry and family.
In Sarah’s 2014 memoir, Lost and Found: Finding Hope in the Detours of Life, Sarah shared her story in a completely transparent way that people can’t help but to gravitate to her.
Her father, Bishop T.D. Jakes, is a megachurch pastor, bestselling author and film producer, and her mother, Mrs. Serita Jakes, is an author, media personality and business executive. Sarah and her husband, Touré Roberts, pastor a dynamic community of artists and professionals in Hollywood, CA, while also raising their five beautiful children.
I am so excited that Sarah Jakes Roberts is speaking on “Living Out your Purpose” at our Business Boutique 3-Day Event in Nashville this November!
In this episode, Sarah Jakes Roberts and I talk about:
I also have a challenge for you to stop saying the word "little" when you talk about your business. Lastly, don’t forget that I love hearing from you! Give me a call on my new toll-free line at 844.944.1074. You might hear your question on a future episode!
1:21 How to Push Past Your Comfort Zone and Try Something New
17:11 Interview with Sarah Jakes Roberts
41:52 Challenge to Stop Saying the Word "Little"
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