As business owners we often have to do things that are out of our comfort zone. To be successful we rise to the occasion and do it. I try not to think about the things that are out of my comfort zone and just do what is required to do. When I was working full time in an office the director once said to me, “Kim tackle the little frogs first and then tackle the big frogs.”
When I first opened my business these were mostly little frogs, small things like selling my brand, speaking in public, being part of committees and supporting community organizations. This may not seem like much to some but I have always been the one that worked behind the scenes, the one that made it happen. I did my job and let others be the front runners. I was the quiet voice behind the scenes and I liked it there.
I put my fears behind me when I opened my business and I did what I needed to do to grow my business and grow personally. Some days that was big frogs and some days it was little frogs.
I decided to pitch a show to our local television station, Rogers TV Georgina… this was a big frog. I pitched the show to our local supervising producer, then to the table of the “big bosses” and then an on camera audition. They liked the idea of the show and over the next 6 months there were meetings to work out the details and see what would be going to air.
One day I was asked if I would like to host the show, you know be the person in front and centre, I said, “no I couldn’t do that.” I was brought in as community producer and co-host of mommy talk and I was happy with that. In March of 2012 we taped our first show… EXCITING!!!
I’ve been community producer and on set every two weeks for our tapings ever since. Then it happened…. A phone call from our host, she had the flu and taping was in 3 hours.
As the saying goes, “the show must go on,” and it did with me in the host seat. As I sent some texts to our host Amy she assisted me and encouraged me that I could do this. Not a lot of time to prepare, a little nervous about listening to the voices in my ear (the producer) while keeping the conversation going. With a lot of encouragement from our great producer, host and crew I hosted my first show in 2015. Can I add that once cameras were rolling the show was the easy part but the promo was another story.
A few weeks later when I was needed to host once again, I did it again, a little bit better and little more confident. Although I was happy to hand the hosting hat back to our regular host I was happy to know that I could do this and sometimes we need to tackle those “big frogs” first to reach new heights.
I always tell my kids, “sometimes in life we need to do things that make us nervous but its part of life. We need to step outside our comfort zone and rise to the occasion.” What kind of example would I have been if I didn’t rise to the occasion.
Rise to the occasion; don’t let fear limit your success soar with your dreams.