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What’s the best way to soften the fear of public speaking?
We all care about something, right?
I know, I know, you’re not supposed to answer a question with a question.
Rule breakers, rejoice. Here we go.
I’m not talking about caring what we ate for breakfast or what car we drive around. I mean care as in that thing that revs up our engines to the point of feeling utterly alive with a bubbling sense of urgency.
We all have something.
We may kid ourselves that it doesn’t matter out of fear of ridicule, disappointing others, or honestly being seen. We brush it under the rug fast and furious out of fear of being found out. Who are we fooling? What once sparked a glorious and uplifting feeling begins to seep out into not so shiny actions with ourselves and everyone we come into contact. We’re triggered fast. Ready to rumble.
We need no more funk in the world. We have enough of that already.
We need ideas that matter and people who have the passion, dedication, courage, and love to bring more inspiration, enjoyment, and dare I say, laughter into the world.
We’re in dire need of people who focus on what brings them joy. Because you know what? What brings us joy will bring others joy. I didn’t say, everyone. I said, others. With the billions of people in the world, you’re bound to connect with at least a handful of souls.
But our obsession with consumption tells us differently. We’re in a society that lives by the motto of “more is better” rather than paying attention to why we feel we need more in the first place.
“It’s a mystery to me
We havea greed
With which we have agreed.”
– Eddie Vedder
Quantities of likes, followers, things, and more things have us all in a tailspin. If more is better than why do I feel overwhelmed, anxious, depressed, and exhausted more and more? We know better. We do. This epidemic of cognitive dissonance would ideally have us all rally together to stop the madness instead of feeding the mindless monster of comparison. A girl can dream.
We forget that the quality of a few has the strength to take down the quantity of many any day of the week. When people are committed to their ideas, that bold act will help the world become more unified together and tolerant of each other. I’ve said it before; we smell inauthenticity like bloodhounds. So when we hear someone speaking genuinely and authentically, that feeling is contagious. We feel because they’re real.
So, what do you care about so much that you want to shout it from the closest rooftop for the world to hear? That’s what we need.
Grab a piece of paper. Note it on your phone. Type it up. Draw it out. Dance it off. The method doesn’t matter. What does matter is that you find a way to get it out of you and into the world.
What you’ll find is that it’s not about finding your passion. It’s about believing in what you know in your heart of hearts is already there.
“If you want to be successful, you must respect one rule: never lie to yourself.”
– Paulo Coelho