I’ve shared a lot in the past about that negative voice who chimes in from time to time.
Sometimes this voice tells us we’re not good enough. Sometimes it talks us out of doing something we know we should do. Other times, it just makes stuff up.
Today was a day where that negative voice was just making stuff up.
I was training a group of employees as part of a non acting gig I help out with. Perhaps it was the lack of sleep the night before. Maybe it was being in an environment that had a lot of uncertainty. For whatever reason, the negative voice was being extra loud today. I was asking myself a lot of questions prior to getting there…and they weren’t too positive:
-Am I going to be good enough?
-Will the management dislike me and wish someone older/more experienced was here?
-Is this going to be one of those trainings where the employees can’t wait to leave?
I arrived with all of my materials and supplies…and saw two people were there.
-Oh god. It’s so quiet. They’re going to hate this.
-I’m going to breeze through this in two minutes and not have enough information to share.
-They’re totally going to expect more hands-on activities than I have prepared.
Friends, an interesting thing happens when we start to assume things: We connect the dots ourselves. We create answers that are often false or exaggerated. The truth was, I was creating yet another gloom and doom scenario.I was also making up answers based false information the negative voice was feeding me.
So how did it actually go?
-About a dozen employees were there in total.
-….they were delightful!
-Questions were asked, notes were taken, and their response was positive.
-They also laughed at my jokes. (Always a win)
This wasn’t an acting gig, yet I left with a big smile on my face. I even had the courage to ask them to take a picture at the end – something I was sure that would make them groan and roll their eyes…
“Oh sure! We’d love to! Stay in our seats? Oh no, we’ll stand for you…”
Making assumptions based on negative self talk and inexperience will just lead to stress.
Don’t do it. Remind yourself that you’re an amazing person who didn’t end up in your situation by accident. Instill belief in yourself so you can perform what you know, deep down, you’re capable of doing.
Go get ‘em.
You know you’re in a good mood when you take a selfie on the CTA!
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