the Comfort Zone
Depending upon the degree of difficulty, you may need to take baby steps towards your goal. On the 10 point scale, holding a snake was off the charts, completely unthinkable. Broken down into tiny steps it went something like this:
- Stand across the room with Caesar, uh, Boo-Boo, safe in his tank. Watch him slither around.
- Stand somewhat nearby (yet far away from his head) while he is, yikes, wrapped around my boyfriend's arm.
- Touch his creepy-crawly belly for a second while aforementioned boyfriend holds him seccurely.
- Pet his scaly head. Again, boyfriend holding securely is critical.
Just as a game, put your toe into the water. Play with your comfort zone. Challenge yourself and take a baby step outside of it. You'll be surprised at the things you can actually do that you never dreamed possible. It's a powerful feeling.