When you think you can't, DO.
Clammy hands, heart beating a little faster, dry mouth…… and I volunteered for this???
I’m going to give a presentation to a room full of my peers, a room full of managers, who, for the most part, have been in this organization longer than I have been in work. But. I won’t let my nerves get the better of me. I’m only human, I am having those thoughts, “what if I trip over?”, “what if I say the wrong thing?”, “what if someone asks me a question and I don’t know the answer?”. However, I volunteered for a reason. I want to grow.
I know my subject, I am always prepared, and deep down I know I can do it. Hell, deep down I know I am actually good at it.
So off I go, and I do what I came to do.
It was close, I could have done nothing, let my fear of failure win, sit back, not put myself out there. But it was good. I only got tongue tied a couple of times. And when it’s over, the feeling of accomplishment (and relief) is rather overwhelming. Along with the brilliant feedback from my colleagues afterwards, I realize; I can do this, I am good at this, and actually rather a lot of people have my back and are willing to tell me I did well. There is literally no better feeling than overcoming a fear and smashing it. Even if it hadn’t gone well, what was the worst that could happen? It really isn’t worth worrying about. I know there are people who are willing to help me and all I have to do is ask.
Will I be nervous next time? Yes.
Will it stop me? No.
Every experience like this builds on the previous, and makes you more prepared for the next.
It doesn’t just apply to the presentation. Every little thing you worry about or think you can’t do.
First date. A difficult conversation. That meeting. This deadline.
Or big thing.
New job. New relationship. New place. New people. New task. New business.
Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU.
- Ask for help - Don’t let your fear get the better of you - People will support you - The feeling of accomplishment will outweigh the feeling of doubt - The more you practice it the more you will realize that these are the building blocks for having faith in yourself and acting with positive intent
Deep breath. You got this. Go get ‘em!!!!!!!
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