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Lizards, Technology & Stepping Out

How often does fear prevent us from making changes or trying something new? Even the bravest of us is afraid of something. It’s often easier and seemingly less stressful to stay safe and remain in our comfort zone. But without being willing to try something different, even if it’s the smallest of things, we also deny ourselves the opportunity for growth, learning and a bit of healthy excitement.

I’d like to share two recent experiences with you about stepping outside my comfort zone. In early fall, I was on a vacation with my husband, Steve. We were sitting at an outdoor café enjoying the view and the warm weather. A man walked up to us holding his pet lizard and asked me if I’d like to take a picture. I said, “Sure, I’d be happy to take your picture.” At which point he said, “Not me, you! Let me take a picture of you holding the lizard!” I quickly declined and offered up Steve, who is much braver than me.  I’m still not exactly sure how it happened, but within a few minutes, there I was, posing with the lizard and being photographed. I do recall some screaming and heart palpitations, but in truth, I had a great time. And now when I see that picture, it reminds me that sometimes it’s important to do that thing we are most fearful of whether it’s for fun, growth, to challenge our assumptions or just to know we can.

Even more recently, I made a big change with my technology. I had been very comfortable with the tools I was using, but they were slowing down and becoming increasing difficult to use. My comfort level with the familiar had made it difficult for me to make any changes. However, I knew that if I didn’t proactively change, I could end up in a bad situation with nothing working. So, after a lot of feet dragging, research, whining and yes folks, procrastination, I finally made the leap. I switched from a regular cell phone and Palm Zire to an updated iMac, iPhone and iPad.

When I walked into the store to purchase the iPhone, I said to the salesman, “I’m here to buy my first iPhone and I’m scared!” He said, “Don’t worry. You’re going to love it!” He was right. It didn’t take long for me to adjust and I quickly fell in love with my phone. I guess that’s kind of sick, falling in love with a piece of equipment, but it’s an amazing phone!

It took about a week and many conversations with Apple Support to get my new equipment working together. But with the help of some extremely patient people, the equipment is now talking together through MobileMe. I still have a lot to learn, but I’m excited about that part. More importantly, I’m enjoying learning new things.

The main thing is that once again I realized in order to move on, we have to be willing to allow ourselves to let go. That letting go might be the fear of the familiar or of ideas we’ve always believed. In order to move on, we have to be willing to be uncomfortable for a little while during the transition. We have to be patient with ourselves and a little bit brave.

I wish for you a dose of bravery as you take on your challenges. What small step can you take today to propel you forward?

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Reader Comments (12)

I LOVE this post and especially LOVE the photo Linda! What a great story ... about the lizard AND the iPhone!!

November 17, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMaNiC MoMMy

Loved this post Linda! And what about the lizard? Do you think he was skerred? : )

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJuneau

Glad you liked this post, MM & J! The lizard, Tomkey, was as calm as could be. He was very accustomed to strangers and helped his friend make his living by letting people hold him and take his photo. A very cooperative lizard!

November 18, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Great story and picture, Linda, I also have a cell phone and a Palm and as soon as Verizon and Apple make it official, I'll be a 'scared' iPhone user, too!

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray will LOVE the iPhone, I'm sure! It's an incredible device. Gorgeous display and does a ton of things. But most importantly, it seems to do what I need. It has lots of features that I am not using, YET. Still new to this, so we'll see what happens. But so far, I'm having a great time with it.

November 19, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I've recently bought an iPhone too, and am currently working my way through David Pogue's "iPhone: The Missing Manual" so I can actually learn how to use it! :)

December 9, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

You're so smart, Janet. I'm not much for manuals. I'm more of a trial and error or hands-on learner. But the main thing is to figure out how you learn best and go with it. I'm guessing by now you're an iPhone expert!

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

I'm not sure if I'm an expert, but I'm getting by. :) My dad and sister are recent iPhone converts, so that book is making its way around the family!

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Fabulous, Janet that the "Missing Manual" is still being put to good use. :)

May 28, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

Getting my iphone later this month! Wooo hoooo!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterEllen Delap

You're going to love it, Ellen!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

Ellen- Have to join you in the wooo hoooing! I'm excited that you'll be getting your iPhone soon. I'm still oving mine, especially the camera feature. It's easy to use, accessible, and takes incredible photos. The new iPhones are even better. Enjoy!

June 12, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterLinda Samuels

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