At the heart of every human being is the echo, pre-performance, “Will I be good enough?” It doesn’t matter who we are or where we’re from, we’re all susceptible.
As the speaker nervously waits their turn at the podium, lectern or pulpit—no matter how many times they’ve done it before—in comes occasionally or often, “Will I be good enough?”
In other terms, the enquiring thought is, “Will I reach the standards I’ve set for myself and those set for me by the audience in front of me?” Or perhaps it’s a more positive fear that all the opportunities mightn’t be grasped.
It doesn’t matter if we’re presenting before five people or five-thousand people, or simply performing in front of one person... the same internal dialogue is going on in people all the time, many times below even our conscious awareness.
A Thousand and More Variations – Positive and Negative
The peculiar thing about being human is we’re all unique. We all do the same things, yet originally, i.e. in ways only we would do them.
Some ask, “By how much could I fail here?” Others ask, “How much can I make out of this—will it be enough?”
And the latter has it. The former is shrivelling death; the latter is abundant life.
Due to the fact that we’ll all ask the same questions—even subliminally within ourselves, perhaps at levels well below what we’re conscious in knowing—why would we not grasp at the opportunity to take the positive slant on such a question?
We can very well, over time, train ourselves to think differently.
Nothing else quite the same will impact our actual performance than what’s occurring deep within our minds as we do our thing.
Re-training our minds is one affirmative way we can wrest control over thoughts of failure.
© 2010 S. J. Wickham.