The “Eat Crow and Love It” Challenge
Ever been scared to share an idea at a meeting? When it’s time to ask a guest speaker a question, do you keep your arm by your side instead of raising it in the air? Do millions of butterflies flutter furiously in the pit of your stomach at the very thought of speaking your mind right now?
It’s okay if you answered yes to any of these questions. It truly is. Fear is a human emotion, and you are human being, right?
But it’s not okay if fear is all you feel all of the time. It simply is not. While fear may be natural, it becomes wholly unnatural if you are using it to limit your life versus actualizing your potential.
I have one more question to ask you before I propose to you a challenge. The question is this, “Do you remember every one of those times when you held back from speaking or acting and do those memories burn in your guts with the words you should have said or actions you should have taken?” If you answer yes, then I want you to take this challenge.
Use this blog to Eat Crow and Love It. Huh? I want you to write the words you should have said or describe the action you should have taken many years ago in the comment section now. I want you to put yourself out there. I want you to give you a “do-over”. I want you to use your fear positively. I want you to see that what you write will not be stupid or dumb or embarrassing or have major negative consequences. Chances are very good that if you end up eating crow because of your words now, you will love it. It will taste sweet, not sour. It will light you up. It will light a spark that will burn a new desire: the desire to share your ideas at your next meeting, or provide you the energy to raise your arm even if the guest speaker has not even opened the floor to questions yet, or thank the universe that you have a million, well-intentioned and beautiful butterflies working for you!
David Schartz, a motivational writer and coach, wrote, “To fight fear, act. To increase fear, wait, put off, postpone.” Take the Eat Crow and Love It Challenge. Write what you should have said or acted upon in the past in the present now. Fight your fear with actions.
Take care and may your soft skill shine,
Founder of www.writemyresume.ca