What did I get myself into? I pitched an idea to do the biggest dream board workshop I'd ever lead, almost 150 people. Terrified. That's how I felt on the day of the event. What had I done?
Like every grand idea I have, when rubber meets the road, fear seeps in and I start to question everything I know to be true.
- What if this doesn't work?
- What if we don't have enough supplies?
- They've given me two hours; can I fill the time?
- What if the women don't get on board and engage?
These are the questions that flooded my mind as I smiled standing behind my table, engaging with conference attendees, just hours before taking the stage.
I faked my confidence.
I'd been in this situation more times than I can count. And I know when I have resistance to what I'm about to do, I'm on the right path. Pursuing big dreams is uncomfortable. If they weren't, we'd all be doing it.
And just like that my attitude changed. I went back to day one of my giving challenge and reminded myself of my mission. 1 Making a Difference. Today, I wasn't out to make a difference in the lives of all the women. My goal... make a difference to one woman. If I could help one woman, then I would have succeeded.
Now, you know that's not what happened. I'm confident I impacted more than one woman.
And guess what I learned, yet again?
Fear is a liar. My shirt that day even said so!
And all my fears and doubts, they were unfounded.
I share this embarrassing story with you, to let you know that even on my best days, I'm afraid. I'm uncomfortable. When I'm on stage, moments before, I may have wanted to crawl under the table. Don't be fooled by my confidence. That's just courage. Because what I've learned, is that on the other side of fear is usually something incredible.
What is holding you back from pursuing a dream or goal?
What's one step, even small, that you can take to help you gain courage and conquer your fear so you can go out and live your big (or small) dream?
P.S. If you need help overcoming your fear, email me at Stephanie@GivingGal.com, to schedule a complimentary coaching session. Let's work together to get you on the path of overcoming your fear and living your dream!
P.P.S. Download my “Dream. Discover. Do” Workshop board for yourself, HERE.