I was a theatre major in college, and I competed on the Bradley University Speech Team...and yet, speaking sometimes still gets me feeling all askew.
I discovered awhile ago that the trick is to tell myself I'm just "having a conversation with some friends..." and then I feel better. Then I can relax a little bit. Even if I've never met any of these women before.
We'll be fast friends, I'm sure.
In preparing for my chat, I've realized a few things about myself, and I'm hoping these ladies can relate.
See, I've always been a dream chaser. I subscribe to the idea that we should follow our passion--that it leads us in important directions...to where we should be going. But last week I read an article that suggested passion-following as a goal sets you up for disappointment. Or at the very least, an insane amount of stress.
What if you haven't discovered your passion? Do you then feel pressure to do so if you have any hope of being happy?
The truth is, I don't think we need to overanalyze it so much...this coming from me, the queen of overanalysis... but I think passion is also known as gut instinct. And if you follow it, it won't lead you down the wrong path.
At least I think it won't.
But the older I get and the more people I meet, the more I realize that many of us aren't following our passion. We bury it, hoping maybe its whisper will go away...
So, in an effort to prepare myself fully for this talk tonight, I need your help.
Do you have a passion for something? And if so, are you pursuing it? If not, What is it that keeps you from doing so? Is it indecisiveness? Time? Money? Fear? Something else?
Would love to hear your thoughts...