How many times have you wanted to do or say something, and you just chickened out? It seemed too awkward, too embarrassing, too intimidating, too dangerous.
The other night we watched the movie “We Bought a Zoo,” and in one scene, Benjamin Mee encourages his son Dylan to reconcile with a girl he likes but has had an argument with. Here are his words:
“You know, sometimes all you need is twenty seconds of insane courage. Just literally twenty seconds of just embarrassing bravery. And I promise you, something great will come of it.”
Isn’t this the truth? If you can get past that resistance, that fear, that lack of confidence, and say what you need to say or do what you need to do, you’ll get a result one way or the other. The result may be reward or rejection, but at least you KNOW.
And the very act of facing your fear, of taking courageous action, will be a reward in itself. Knowing you can do it is (and can do it again and again and again…) is well worth fighting your self-doubt.
If you never speak up, never take a risk, nothing will change and you’ll never know what might have been, what great things could have happened.
Will you raise your hand in the meeting? Will you make eye contact with the handsome stranger? Will you click the button to join the program that might take your business to a whole new level — but costs more than you’ve ever invested in yourself?
You only have to be courageous for 20 seconds. Will you take the leap?
About the Author:
Lisa Braithwaite is a public speaking coach and trainer based in Santa Barbara, CA, and author of the Speak Schmeak blog. For more information, visit http://www.coachlisab.com