Starting Something New

by - 13 May

This month, I stepped out of my comfort zone and started working on a project on top of my normal 9-5 — I started managing the social media account for a huge international brand. For privacy reasons I'm not going to be mentioning which company that is, but I wanted to share my experience with stepping out of my comfort zone and starting something new.

The job scope is something that I'm already familiar with — content curation, content management, content planning and copywriting. So you may be wondering, where's the challenge in that then?

For me, it is the pressure behind knowing that what I create will have an impact on the branding of this company, it has the power to define the company's image and what I write will end up being the voice that represents this company.

"What if I were to say something wrong? What if my photography skills aren't good enough? What if I'm not good enough to be doing this? What if... What if?"

These were some of the concerns and noise in my mind before I even said 'yes'.

Starting on a new project that is within the realm of what I'm comfortable with? Without a doubt yes!
Starting on a new project that isn't what I have mentally prepared myself for? Probably not.

If you're like me and you prefer staying within your comfort zone, then I hope this post can inspire you to take that leap of faith.

For me, working this project has been fulfilling thus far! It challenges me, gets me excited, keeps me on my toes, and makes me feel contented even if I do have to sacrifice a couple hours of sleep/ Netflix time for work. It gave me a new found confidence in my profession and myself, in knowing that hey, I can handle this and I do have the skill set to be doing this right.

I am so glad I went ahead with this decision and believed in myself enough to want to try something different. At the same time, I learnt more about myself, my capabilities and even got to know my drive in giving 100% to things I'm passionate about.

It is never easy having to try something new. The older you get, the tougher this is — at least for me. But I find that the key is believing in yourself and trusting the process. Knowing that this is a learning journey and that it's not going to be perfect right from the get-go helps as well. I'm happy I took that first step and am taking this chance to work on perfecting my craft while gaining experiences that I wouldn't have gained otherwise.

Leave me a comment if you're in the same boat, or if you've had similar experiences. I'd love to know more. :)

Hope this has been a good read for you and I'll catch you guys again soon!

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