Fear Almost Beat Me!
You may or may not have heard already about the Inaugural Empowered Women Rise Conference for 2016. It was an incredible event as the speakers delivered their message beautifully, the breakout experts were full of collaboration and engagement, and the overall experience with all of the attendees was definitely empowering! We are already planing our next event for 2017!
You know the interesting part about this is that I almost canceled the event 2 weeks beforehand! YEAH I KNOW! What was I thinking? The truth is I let fear get to me, so much so that I was ready to pull the plug. The fear of having an empty room, the fear of having a million technical issues, and the fear of just hosting a crappy event. I couldn’t believe that I was overcome with doubt! Me, the confidence and career coach had doubt!
I’m sharing this with you strictly to tell you that you’re not alone! We all have these moments of fear that wake us up at night, the moments of “Oh my gosh!” and those thoughts of, “is this going to be successful?” Through this fear I learned an important lesson, “it‘s ok to lean on others and simply ask for help!” It doesn’t diminish your professionalism, your reputation, or your abilities.
I decided to take these feelings and call a dear friend of mine. Someone that I knew would shoot me a straight, bold answer. Sure enough she said exactly what I needed. She snapped me out of my fear and reassured me that all of the tools needed to put on the Inaugural Conference were indeed apart of my personal tool kit! The we proceeded to break down the event, where we were and where we needed to be.
Long story short, if you feel like your fears may be trying to overcome you, lean on a friend, mentor, or coach. Allow them to help you Rise Up in time of need! After all none of us are robots, even the best of the best need to snap out of their own monkey chatter.
I look back now and can’t help but think, “Wow if I cancelled that event, all of those women including myself would never be the same!”
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.” Nelson Mandela