21 Days of Fearless: Day 18

by Dian Reid-Jancic· Follow Dian on

Maya AngelouMy palms were sweaty. My heart was racing. My breaths were short. All the familiar signs of the fears I’ve been facing over the past 18 days. Only this time I had the fight or flight reflex creeping up on me. I’ll just tell them it’s canceled or I’m not feeling well, or I’ll make something else up and they’ll understand. Then I went into the bathroom, took 5 deep breaths, and when I came back out, I started my workshop.

The workshop went well, and after it was over I couldn’t have imagined not doing it. It’s just the getting up in front of people and speaking that brings me fear. Actually, once I’m speaking, I’m usually fine. It’s all the thinking about speaking that tries to kill me. Which, of course, got me thinking.

How many things to I avoid doing just because I think it’s going to be difficult or grueling or unpleasant? How many things do I push to the bottom of my list of things to do for the same reasons? After my workshop was complete, I felt so good about having done it. First and foremost, it was complete! The participants loved it and got some really great things out of it. And afterward, I asked for some feedback on what worked well for them and what they would have me do different if they took the workshop again.

If I’d canceled the workshop, I never would have gotten that feedback. I wouldn’t have known how to improve it for future events, and I certainly wouldn’t have helped anyone become any clearer on their values nor what’s important about those values to them.

As I sit here and ask myself, “What’s the learning here?” I see that, just like Maya Angelou said: Ain’t nothin’ to it, but to do it.

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