If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right.
I had a breakthrough recently, my own little 'light the blue touchpaper' moment.
As regular readers will know, I have mentioned that whilst I would do public speaking, it has not been the place where I was most comfortable. I have gone into speaking engagements determined to give of my best, but knowing that I would dislike the experience.
A couple of weeks ago, I did my first speaking engagement of the New Year. I did all the things that I usually do to prepare.
I got as many logistical details as I could from the organiser, so I knew where to be when; audience size; materials needed.
I set out the main points of my presentation, then filled it out with relevant stories, examples and practical exercises.
I wrote my key points onto index cards. (I don't care that speaking trainers tell you not to use notes - I don't intend to embarrass myself and my audience by going blank in front of them.)
I practised my presentation, to time, every day for 3 weeks before the event, so I felt at ease with the material.
I planned my clothes so I would feel comfortable and relaxed, as well as looking professional (even adding tango shoes).
Then I did something I had never done before in the lead up to a talk.
Instead on thinking, "oooh, public speaking - scarey!", I told myself, "I am really going to enjoy myself doing this talk."
And you know what happen?
I had a blast!!
And all I did was change my mindset.
So what could you change your mindset about today?
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