Confidence is a Choice
Have you ever been asked to speak, and this intense fear starts to sink in?
Recently, I was asked to present a keynote. With a short amount of time to prepare the content, fear sneaked in.
I worried about being competent enough.
I worried my message wouldn’t be what the audience needed or wanted.
I worried I wouldn’t have enough practice to sharpen my performance.
Confidence is a choice.
Quickly, I changed my attitude.
I made the choice to soften the fear and increase the excitement for the event.
As I researched and read about my topic and audience, my competence increased.
As my competence on the subject improved and I practiced consistently, my confidence grew.
What was the final consequence of these choices and actions?
A well-connected message to my speaker style for my audience.
How we choose to show up is a choice.
We can view ourselves as a success-seeker or failure-finder, and that choice has an immediate impact on how we present and whether we connect with our audience.
Choose success, then communicate that way.