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Email of the Day: I Stepped Out of My Comfort Zone

By Dr. Laura on April, 7 2023
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A while ago, I heard you discussing the fear of getting out of one’s comfort zone, and the same day I heard that, I had an opportunity to be an extra on a national TV show. I’m not an actor and don’t live anywhere near Hollywood, but I thought it might be fun. I’m in my 50s, married with kids. I work from home and don’t have a lot of outside contact. And I tend to be on the shy side, so going all alone to do something so completely different was definitely outside my comfort zone.



It was an hour’s drive away, early in the morning, and they were shooting outside, so it would be chilly. And it was going to be a long day. I was mostly afraid of being all alone with no one to talk to. But when I heard you talk about leaving your comfort zone, I bravely committed to going.


As it turned out, I met many interesting people. From the moment I arrived, I struck up a conversation with everyone around me, mostly aspiring actors. What a fun group of people! I’ve never laughed so much! I even exchanged phone numbers with a few of them, and we’ve made plans to get together. This was so far from what I had imagined it to be that if it weren’t for you, I don’t think I would have had the nerve to go, and I would have missed out on so much!



I Stepped Out of My Comfort Zone


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