Our Thursday morning group is studying the book of Romans.
Who dedicates an hour a week to meet with a bunch of guys to study some ancient book? At 6:30 AM! Why?
Today, I got a glimpse.
This morning my good friend Gary shared a story of how he continually beats himself up over his inaction. You know, he doesn’t do what he should.
He wasn’t moving forward and taking action because he was afraid of failing. Afraid he couldn’t keep his commitments. He was worried it would upset his comfortable lifestyle.
As our discussion progressed he had an epiphany. You could see his eyes light up as he proclaimed, “It all comes down to faith.”
His problem was a lack of faith.
So it is with me.
Most of my failures can be traced to lack of faith. Better said, I lacked confidence. I was afraid.
Last year I wrote about my fear of public speaking. I told the story of how I totally bombed giving a presentation to my peers at work. How I was so worked up prior to my speech I literally couldn’t hear the speaker before me. My fear, lack of faith, totally derailed my performance.
I had similar experiences when I officiated my niece’s wedding, and at my book signing, and at my Impact Club event.
Recently, I realized that I will have to address this fear of public speaking. It is unavoidable.
You see, as I grow my business I’m going to have speak publicly. I have a book to promote, and real estate agents to train. I have a weekly podcast to do. I am developing a storytelling class for my local board of REALTORS®, where I will be the instructor. Additionally, I have four Impact Club events per year where I am the presenter. Wow!
Unavoidable. Must. Face. This. Fear.
My solution was to begin a daily Facebook Live show. I started back in August and today I will do Episode 100.
Wanna laugh? Go watch Episode 1. They are all posted on Facebook at Loveland Advice Givers Business page.
You know what I learned? The BIG lesson?
It ain’t about me.
Broadcasting live, just like public speaking, requires you to stop focusing inward, but instead, focus outward. Focus on the audience. What can I do for them? How can I bring them value?
Once I stopped focusing on me and my performance and instead focused on the audience, I relaxed, my fear subsided, and my show improved.
It’s all about them.
Life ain’t about us. It’s about our family, our friends, and our neighbors.
Building our faith requires a focus on others.