Some of the most amazing memories can happen when you’re willing to be scared shitless…when you have a good hunch that facing something you’re scared of will benefit you, but you just have to face that fear.
What does help is to stay in the moment as much as possible. You can’t feel fear if you’re here now because the fear and anxiety is stemming from your thoughts of the future.
I hate that butterflies-in-the-stomach feeling, but I can’t help but notice how effective it is and the results that come after it.
I like open mics. It’s crazy to walk in and…no one knows you, but after you perform the energy is different. It’s so much warmer – IF YOU’RE WARM. If you can make the audience feel good with not only a good performance, but good feelings yourself because they translate to the audience.
Putting yourself out there in any capacity could elicit this scared shitless feeling. If you’re a professional athlete you’re putting your body out there. If you’re a musician, you’re putting your performance or your music out there. If you’re a writer, you’re putting your writing out there. The more you face this, the more you get used to it though.
By putting yourself out there, you run the risk of judgement, unfair criticism, not being understood, etc. Do it anyway. You never know who could be impacted and how they can be impacted by you facing that fear of putting your thoughts/ideas/experience out there.
Anyway by Mother Teresa
People are often unreasonable, illogical and self centered;
Forgive them anyway.
If you are kind, people may accuse you of selfish, ulterior motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are successful, you will win some false friends and some true enemies;
If you are honest and frank, people may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building, someone could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness, they may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today, people will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have, and it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you’ve got anyway.
You see, in the final analysis, it is between you and your God;
It was never between you and them anyway.