Today I took part in my second waacking dance battle, and during the event was talking to a friend about how she was feeling – nervous, worried she’d mess up, not too confident.
And it got me thinking about any circumstance or situation when we’re faced with doing something we may not have done before, or something that *could* be scary.
Rather than perceiving the situation as a threat, or worrying about what ‘could’ happen, it helps hugely to go in being glad for the experience, no matter the outcome.
I had a moment just before I went into the battle circle when I became very conscious that this situation would never happen again – of course there would be battles in future – but I would never be in this exact same location, with these particular judges, with these particular other contestants, with whatever song the DJ was about to throw on, again. I would never be in the exact same circumstance again. So I’d better enjoy it! I’d better make the most of it, and go for it, and be glad to have this moment.
I’m also going through quite a big (and scary, for me) life change at the moment (will write about it next time!) – and when I get doubtful or wonder if i’m doing the right thing, I remember that I will never go through this again (with the same set of circumstances), so I have to be open to experiencing it in full technicolour. I might as well fully feel this experience and live in it, rather than future-trip, over-analyse, or doubt myself.
So this week my words of encouragement are simple. If you feel pulled towards doing something that scares you, no matter how minor or big, remember to be glad for the moment when it happens. Live through it, in real-time. It’s not too long after you’ve walked through the fire that the experience becomes just a memory, so enjoy it while it happens. It’s often these ‘scary’ moments that become some of our most cherished memories, so set aside the doubts and anxiety, and instead focus on diving into whatever you’re about to do.
Have a great week