Here’s me getting up close and personal with my beautiful, new  Canon L-Series 70-200mm Mark III lens. This classy bit of kit is renowned for being ‘‘fast, flexible and designed for all missions,’ definitely my kind of gear.

The lens is a gift from Andrew, my gorgeous partner in life and photography.

It’s my first very own bit of professional photographic equipment. Until now, I’ve used Andrew’s gear to get amongst the dirt and dust or hang out of helicopters filming motorsports events in Western Australia. Finally, after two years, I’m getting my own stuff!

Find your ‘off road’ adventure

Capturing the colour and rush of off-road racing might seem a million miles away from life and career coaching. But it’s just my muddy, exhilarating version of the ‘out of comfort zone’ adventure I’ll nudge you towards if you come to me for coaching. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

When Andrew suggested that I might like to ‘help out at races,’ I was curious, keen, and terrified. What could I possibly contribute to his ace act as a sports photographer?  What if I just got in the way or got injured? Worst of all, What if I was dead set useless behind the camera?

It turns out none of these scary ‘what ifs’ applied. I’m not half bad behind the lens. And I love every dusty, noisy, hair-raising second of being a motorsports photographer.

Quitting your comfort zone doesn’t have to follow my ‘getting down and dirty’ example to the tee. But trying new stuff, no matter how scared you feel, is essential for career changers or anyone wanting or rise to their own occasion anywhere else in life.

Cool tips for taking the heat out of quitting your comfort zone

Learn to love the burn. Enjoy this bit from David Cain’s ‘Raptitude’ – a blog about getting better at being human.’

Ten ways to face your fear – sound advice from ‘The Forbes Coaches Council.’

Five quirky, low-risk experiments to help you get to get braver and ‘curiouser’ from social media and newsletter whiz Josh Spector

Before I could pick up my first (borrowed) camera, I had to stare down the usual suspects, angling to cut the confidence out from under me. Imposter Syndrome, Comparisonitis, fear of failure, they all had something to say. I quivered a bit, then, I thought, ‘Nah bugger that! Pick up the camera, point, and shoot.’  Reader, it worked!

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