Have you ever been so stuck on a project and there was literally nothing you could do to complete it?
- You tried working on it at different times of the day (and it didn’t change anything)
- You got feedback from different people (and their advice didn’t help)
- You attempted to jump start it by watching tutorials on YouTube (and it still wouldn’t budge)
Well, I’ve been struggling to find my groove making video content and it’s haunted me for years...
It's hard for me to make video content for myself. But the funny thing is, I don't struggle to make video content for other people.
In fact, I’ve spent the last two years running a freelance video production company, making videos for other folks.
But, when it came to making my own video content I'd get frustrated with the process. And it wasn't procrastination that would slow me down, it was a skill gap that would bring my output to a standstill.
The thing is - my projects were more ambitious than my skill set. And often times the purpose and meaning behind my videos would get lost.
Here's what the problem looked like:
- I'd develop an idea for a video
- Write a script
- I'd produce the video but it'd take 5x's as long as it should have
- Then i'd be dissatisfied with the end result.
- I'd hesitate to share the video, and never grew an audience.
Plus, I’d feel fear whenever I pointed the camera at myself. Or more specifically, whenever I'd try to share an original idea on video.
That would really mess with me.
Now, fast forward to the present day. I’m working on the ikario team with Shane and the crew. And somehow I’ve managed to put off creating original video content, until now....
The last 6 months I’ve managed to be the guy working on video edits for the team instead of the guy producing original video content.
Luckily, I’d spent enough time absorbing the ‘ikario way’ that I’m finally beginning to get it.
I’d set a goal for myself to create my first piece of original content for ikario, and on the day I was scheduled to begin I sent Shane Melaugh a message asking:
The words that really stood out to me were:
"all growth happens outside the comfort zone."
After I received the message from Shane I put my thinking cap on. I wanted to do something memorable, something outstanding...
Then it hit me. I needed to do something so scary that it would overshadow my old fears.
I recalled just how much I had struggled in the past, and I decided to do something about it…
So, for the sake of my own personal growth I decided to strap on a parachute, and jump out of an old Aussie military plane at 12,000ft on the very first day of creating video content for ikario.
I won't go into details about the jump - because I made a video about it (see above)...
However, through this process I discovered a number of really important things:
If you’re reading this and you’d like to step outside of your comfort zone for personal growth, then take 5 minutes and answer the following questions:
- What does your comfort zone look like?
- What are your top 5 priorities?
- Does your comfort zone take away from those priorities?
- If Yes, then what do you need to do - to step outside of it?
I know this may sound cheesy. But, I want you to really think about the following question: What are you willing to do to pursue your dreams?
Because, when it comes to real personal growth and making positive changes in your life, it’s your dreams that are on the line.
My dream is to become skilled enough that I can consistently make contagious video content. That’s it...
And earlier this week I made some progress towards that goal.
I chose to step outside of my comfort zone in order to grow and it worked. And I’m convinced it’ll work for you as well.
So next time you’re feeling stuck and there doesn’t seem to be any way forward remember...
“Deliberately step outside your comfort zone so that you get to choose the direction of the change in your life”
IF you'd like some help figuring out how to step outside your comfort zone, then leave us a comment below. I'd love to help you work through it and see what's on the other side your obstacles.