Some people are asking me why am I talking about a World Drunk on Appreciation challenge on a blog dedicated to fearless self-expression and confident speaking.
Because I want to.
Ha! No, the real reason is that this challenge is all focus. Focus and Feeling. Two of the most powerful tools we can use when it comes to feeling confident and powerful when we are speaking in public in any way.
Where you put your focus determines how you feel. It also directs your energy and thought along the same lines. So if you are complaining, you are focusing on what you don’t want. You are giving it energy AND power in your experience, in your reality.
And this, I find, is exactly what we do when we are about to speak or perform or express ourselves in some public way. Our mind starts focusing on everything that could go wrong. It starts worrying. It starts saying things to you like, “Oh, man, I’m going to forget that middle part. And this audience is sure to find me boring. What if I space out?”
This is focus gone postal. The mind is telling you horror stories, hurling insults at you and basically giving a lot of energy to WHAT YOU DON’T WANT!
By choosing your focus, focusing on what you DO want rather than what you DON’T want, you get to direct your energy, attention AND your feeling in a direction that allows you to feel eager and confident about what you are about to do. By choosing your focus, you choose how you get to feel. Fabulous and ready. Or small and terrified.
That’s why I’m presenting this Appreciation Challenge. To become more conscious of how we use the power of our focus. We can focus on what irks us, or we can, in that moment, bask in the appreciation of what we love.
This is just good creating and attracting. What you think about grows. What you think about is attracted into your experience. So, think about what you love, what you truly appreciate. Let every little niggle of a complaint turn you towards appreciation.
Just try it!