It’s funny how when something bad happens, we spend a few days, a few weeks or even months processing the event, mourning, and healing. But when something good happens, when we achieve a big goal or reach a milestone in our lives, we barely even acknowledge it. We might go out for dinner to celebrate it, but that’s about it. Then we move on to the next thing.
After my TEDx talk, I was intentional to not do this (even though it felt super weird and unnatural); I forced myself to embrace the moment, to let myself receive all the kind things people were saying, and now to shamelessly promote my talk like it’s the best thing they’ll ever watch (because it is!).
The beauty of pushing yourself outside of your comfort zone is that it forces you to level up, and that’s exactly what speaking at TEDxCherryCreekWomen did to me. So many times I questioned my confidence, my competence and my credibility to share my idea and so many times I had to drag myself out of a funk.
But what I noticed is that the mindset preparation is the hardest part. Once I’m there, I’m barely even nervous! The only thing I was nervous about was that I didn’t feel as nervous as I thought I “should” feel, but obviously, anytime I hear “should” in my self-talk, I recognize that it’s just an arbitrary expectation of myself that isn’t necessarily true.
So anyways, preparing was a gift. Speaking was amazing. And now sharing my talk with the world and forever being a TEDx speaker is an honor.
Thank you Michael, Dafna, Christy, and Becky! You have changed the trajectory of my life forever!