What Activity Are You Still Working Up The Courage To Try?
Can you relate to any of these popular activities that many want to do but are too afraid?
- Sing in front of others
- Ask someone out on a date
- Get a tattoo
- Ride a roller coaster
- Change jobs
- Have a baby
- Finish a college degree
- Ask for help
I can relate to a few. But the activity that most terrifies me is public speaking.
Anything to do with being in front of people is hard for me. But I want to overcome that fear. Lately I have been thinking about joining a friend’s acting group on Tuesday nights. I have had “Enrol in Toastmasters” on my unofficial to-do list for decades. I think that being part of either group would help me master my public speaking fear.
I want to overcome the fear because every once in a while I do public speaking for work. It is always hard for me. But I don’t want it to be.
When I watch someone who is so nervous up front, I get nervous for them. Honestly it kinda ruins my experience (as someone in the audience). It takes my attention off what I hope to gain from the speaker and puts it onto the nervous speaker. I get agitated with and for the speaker.
I don’t want to ruin the experience for others. As a speaker I do want to take the attention off me and put it onto the audience so that they can learn, feel, and grasp the good and godly that I am trying to portray.
“Courage is never to let your actions be influenced by your fears,” Arthur Koestler.
I am not there yet, but I think that in 2014, I WILL take the leap and go to at least one of Pam’s Tuesday night classes. Who knows where that will lead? Less nervousness, I hope.
Your Turn . . .
- What is the activity you want to try but are too afraid to do? Are you going to tackle your fear in 2014? If yes, how?
- How does public speaking rate on your list of fearful activities?
- Do you have any advice for me?
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