Sometimes the most uncomfortable situations are the ones that we learn and grow from the most.
When we venture out of our comfort zones, we’re often forced to learn new skills. Pushing through our fears helps us come out stronger on the other end.
I was reminded of this recently when I agreed to do a video interview with Dr. Misty Funk about my book, Uppward: A Self-Care System for Purposeful Living. (Click here to listen to our interview on YouTube.)
Dr. Funk, a chiropractor who recently embarked on a two-year sabbatical, is more than just a book-lover. She is what you might call a “seeker,” and I was honored that she invited me to be a part of her project.
This kind of interview format was a “first” for me. I’m not exactly comfortable in front of the camera. Even so, I was a little surprised at how critical I was of myself as I watched back the recording. I couldn’t help myself. I cringed at some of my facial expressions, I was embarrassed that I stumbled over my words at times, and I wished the sound quality was better (even after I spent time adjusting my microphone settings beforehand).
But the worst part was, toward the end of the interview I totally plugged the wrong website! My own website! Instead of saying LivingUpp.com, I said Uppward.com, which is the name of my book. Doh! Really?!?!
But thanks to technology, we were able to make a few edits to make the correction.
All things considered, though, I was proud of myself for getting through the interview–for speaking candidly about the influences and beliefs that prompted me to write the book. For speaking my inner truth and expressing myself authentically.
Over the past few years, I’ve learned to accept and embrace my imperfections. (If I’m being honest here, I’m still learning this.) I’ve learned to laugh at myself to keep moving forward, even after silly blunders like this one.
Leaning into discomfort isn’t necessarily easy, but it certainly reminds us that we’re alive.
How alive are you?