There are times when we feel we have all the confidence in the world. There’s one area that we know inside and out. If someone wants to know an answer to a problem in that area, you’re the person they turn to.
Then, you decide to try something new, something out of your comfort zone.
You go in with extreme confidence and then you’re brought up against a language of acronyms you don’t understand and the others in the group are the experts.
There’s a couple of ways you could handle this situation: turn around and leave, saying “I guess this isn’t for me;” push your way in and explain to this group what an expert you are – even though it has nothing to do with this group; you could become fearful and unsure why you decided to do this or you could channel the chameleon.
What does a chameleon have to do with anything?
He is the master of adapting to change and here’s why. When he enters a new environment, he sits back, observes the chaos and then when he fully understands the situation, he reveals himself in all his glory.
I was speaking to a young woman at a networking company convention this week and she was going through this same struggle. The others in her group were so much higher on the scale and she was new to the business. This beautiful, competent woman was seriously doubting whether she could do this.
We stood crushed against the metal door that would rise soon to reveal the store where new product could be purchased and talked.
I listened to her. She saw the chameleon pin I always wear and asked about it. I explained about the power of emulating it and how if she embodied her power in the situation, she would see how much she could transform herself by not trying to be the others, to take their exact path, but create her path to success.
We got separated and I didn’t even know her name – there were 17,000 attendees from all around the world.
Later that night, I bumped into her in the hotel. She was with some friends and I said hello. She came over, gave me a big hug and said that I had changed her whole experience with her day. She remembered the chameleon and shared her insights with her friends throughout the day.
The next time you have the opportunity – and new encounters and changes are opportunities – embrace the fear of the unknown and mimic the chameleon, allowing yourself to rise to expert in a new field.