See, you only have this one life. Thatâ€™s it. There are no do-overs. And if youâ€™re like me, then you made a critical decision when 2015 was nearing its end: to never let another year go by without living it to the fullest.
One thing I learned is that living small is not always living. A lot of times, we try to control our movement, stopping how far we can really go. We make really small goals â€” which is okay â€” but then we stop there.
Guys, thatâ€™s our problem.
If you have the Dreamerâ€™s Notebook, then you know this week is all about going forwardâ€¦fast. And why not? Why live timidly when there is so much more that we can do?
Itâ€™s a few days into the new year and Iâ€™ve already put my money where my mouth is in this aspect.
Lately, I started to feel as if I didnâ€™t speak as well as I should. Iâ€™ve always been eloquent enough, but I wouldnâ€™t place myself in the big leagues. The way I pronounce words is okay, but it could be better. What if I needed to be a newscaster tomorrow? What if I got my own talk show or podcast or anything? What if one of these big opportunities fell in my lap? I wouldnâ€™t feel ready.
And on a larger scale, thatâ€™s a problem. I canâ€™t lack confidence in how I speak when as a journalist, talking to people is the most important thing that I do. In fact, my lack of confidence sometimes causes me to stumble over my words, reducing my credibility.
I was doing very awkward man-on-the-street interviews over the summer. Essentially, you have to walk up topeople you donâ€™t know and ask them questions. I had been told no a gazillion times for this particular assignment so I was exhausted and battling a deadline. I was speaking to a group of guys, when I stumbled over my words. Those jerks started to teased me. Then, they implied I wasnâ€™t educated enough. Pause.
Bruh, Iâ€™m in the process of getting a second masterâ€™s degree at what can arguably be categorized as one of the top journalism schools in the country. Iâ€™m no dummy. But still, I had a human moment. I went home and cried.
After drying my eyes, I vowed then that I would become the most confident speaker I know. Let me tell you, thatâ€™s going to take workâ€¦and money. But, Iâ€™m so ready. Classes start this Saturday.
What can you do bigger and better this year? Let me know. Iâ€™d love to hear it!