I felt sick. I had spent several hours putting together a presentation for a two hour session introducing a client to social media. I was up till 2am the night before tweaking, updating, rearranging.
This happened a few years back. I had already questioned whether I should have taken on the project at all. Did I really know enough about the subject to be taking money off someone to tell them about it?
Of course, in reality I did, but I still had negative thoughts suggesting otherwise.
I’m not too fussed about speaking in front of people. I still get nervous, but that’s part and parcel of it all. I have lectured to a couple hundred students before and spoken on odd occasions at weddings and church events to many more. This was only two people, so it wasn’t that.
I hadn’t done this particular training session before so there was an element of the unknown, many questions went through my head, like: ‘do I have enough material?’, ‘will it be interesting enough?’, ‘will it meet their expectations’, ‘will they feel like they have wasted their money?’
The positive thoughts –that this could be really good for them, weren’t at the forefront of my mind before I completed the training. My thinking –as is often the case in a potentially stressful situation, was all about me. Only afterwards when it went well did I think more about the client and how, my assistance would allow them to take their business forwards.
In her book ‘Feel the Fear and do it Anyway‘ Susan Jeffers offers the following advice: “The only way to get rid of the fear of doing something is to go out and do it. We can’t escape fear. We can only transform it into a companion that accompanies us in all our exciting adventures: it is not an anchor holding us transfixed in one spot.” That’s what I did and I’m very glad to have done it.
what I have gained is far, far more than what I would have lost by not taking the opportunity
Once it was over and especially having a positive response from my client, makes me feel more confident each subsequent time. I have the presentation base which I have used elements of several times since only requiring minor tweaks to suit specific audiences. So what I have gained is far, far more than what I would have lost by not taking the opportunity.
Getting over your initial fear and pushing on through can really help you to achieve more and reach your goals. You have more to gain than to lose, so what are you waiting for? Go do it!
If you want to break through the fear barrier and take and make opportunities to kickstart your ideas, join us at Creatives Hub Live! on Tuesday April 29th 6.45pm in London. We’d love to encourage you to make your ideas a reality.
What creative experiences have you had that turned your stomach and made you question yourself?