Let me first tell you what I mean by getting out.
The obvious meaning is: Getting out means attending events, talking to people, learning about others, making connections – in essence, the same definition I’d give for “networking.”
But on a deeper level, “getting out” means setting aside – either getting rid of or at least lowering the volume on – the part of you that is self conscious or shy. Doing this will allow you to turn your focus outward, away from yourself and onto the world outside you, where the business is.
With that in mind, you might agree that physically getting out of your office is the easy part, and that getting out of your head the more challenging effort. But you have to get out of your head before you can get out of your office. Once that’s done, once you’re mentally out, the rest is a breeze.
So let me ask you this: what exactly is going on in your head and preventing you from getting out? A lot, I’ll bet (if my own experience and what I’ve witnessed from my clients is any indication).
There’s a voice in there, a person that is you, but at the same time, isn’t really you. Sometimes it feels like a constant whir of ideas, thoughts and fantasies. Often, all of this keeps you entertained, maybe even keeps you company. But sometimes the voice is negative and judgmental, already knowing what is possible (not much, it says) and what will happen if you do go out (nothing, it says).
Does this ever happen to you?