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As a motivational speaker, I live in a constant state of jumping outside my comfort zone. In fact, staying inside my comfort zone is unusual for me. So perhaps moving out of my comfort zone would actually involve staying in it. (Confused yet?)
Anyway…I have this show coming up – Christmas in Prides Hollow – with my concert pianist Joshua Nobles. (How many people can say they have their own concert pianist? Then again, I'm not really sure he knows he belongs to me.)
Anyway…here's the link to the show if you want to check out the details: http://christmasinprideshollow.eventbrite.com/
This project is not a small step out of my comfort zone – it's a BIG one. New kind of show, new kind of audience, new way of getting business, yada yada yada. And with every new project I take on, comes a new dose of FEAR. It's normal. We all experience fear in trying new things. Or at least most of us do. Fear of it not working. Fear of looking stupid. Fear of wasting a lot of money. Whatever.
And here is what I always do when I start to get freaked out. I ask myself "What's the WORST thing that could happen?" And I start imagining it. I know we're supposed to visualize success, and I do – later. But first, I take a little trip into the mine field of things that could go wrong. And I see it through in my mind.
1. Nobody shows up.
2. One person shows up.
3. We lose "x" amount of money.
4. The show is horrible and everybody leaves in the first five minutes.
5. I forget my lines and lose my place.
6. They don't laugh.
7. They laugh in the wrong places.
8. There's a fire.
9. My hair falls out on stage.
You get the picture…..Once I go through these scenarios (most of which Iogic tells me will never happen) I ask myself, "Okay, so let's say this does happen. Then what?" Then I walk through what would probably happen if any of these fears became a reality. And then I ask myself, "Okay, so if this happens, will you live? If this happens would it be the worst thing in the world? Can you handle it?"
And usually I can. And now that I have faced the fear and seen that the world won't end as a result, I can push it aside and get back to work.
So what about you? Maybe you are looking at a new project, a new dream, something you know you need to do, but it terrifies you. Now I'm going to ask you this question:
What's the WORST that could happen?