Cards on the table: public speaking TERRIFIES me. Which might sound weird because I do lots of it.
Not like “oh I’m so important that I get paid to give inspirational speeches like every week” but like – now that I’ve been doing Social Media professionally for 5 or 6 years, I get asked to do workshops and talks here and there.
And every time a new invitation to speak at an event finds it’s way into my inbox, I immediately begin thinking of ways to get out of it….
But here’s the thing: even though it’s scary, I’ve gotten some of my best clients from speaking events. So I understand that it’s important to my business.
And I won’t lie: there’s definitely a high after pulling off a solid presentation for a huge room of people.
Overcoming Fear = Empowerment
But there’s also a low (and maybe this is just me) that takes over the next few days. It’s exhausting and feels like you’re coming down with something…which means you’ve got to take some down time to recharge.
Which is why I think that whole saying “Do one thing a day that scares you” is a little dramatic… 1 scary thing EVERY day? How would you get anything else done? Depending on the scale of the fear, I think once a week is a pretty solid goal.
So here are some “scary” things on my to-do list right now
- go ahead and book those other 2 speaking events in my inbox
- white water rafting
- transfer conversations to an S-Corp and put the team on Payroll
- let a client know that paying invoices 3 months late is no longer acceptable
- finally stop editing and re-editing and submit those guest posts
- launch the social tribune (or whatever we decide to call it)
And once you actually write out the “fear,” it seems pretty silly and first world.
Of course you will get it done. Of course you will make it happen. Of course you will stop getting in your own way…because these scary things that you feel are holding you back are probably the very things that will propel you forward if you can just take a deep breath and jump.
So what’s on your “fear” list? What are you letting hold you back right NOW?