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Feeling the Fear and Doing It Anyway

Monday, January 28, 2013

I used to do quite a bit of education and training--all involving significant public speaking. But I don't step into that role very often anymore.

Yesterday I joined a friend to lead a short workshop: Creating an Intentional Year. Stepping into that role scared me. I loved the topic, but I felt rusty and nervous. But I knew I had something to share and a big part of me wanted to face the fear and stare it down!

I think I question my social fears more than any other kind. It makes sense to me to fear physical risks--as exhilarating as it might be to jump out of an airplane, I'm fine with feeling that fear and not jumping! I guess sky diving is not my risky cup of tea! But fearing a bit of embarrassment from talking to or connecting to others....well that seems a bit nuts to me and I want to get through it when it comes up. I suspect that if take myself less seriously I will do more and have a heck of a lot more fun in life.

So yesterday, I felt my fear, but stepped out of my comfort zone and into the workshop. I felt pretty confident once I got started and mostly I loved connecting with the 17 women who joined us yesterday. It reminded me of hanging around Spark with a group of Spark friends sharing what we know! Not very scary at all.
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