All my life I have had some type of stage fright. A massive "hurdle" that I had to overcome in order to become a yoga teacher. I revisited this hesitation to be the center of attention last year when I was approached to be on CTV news to discuss issues that were affecting small businesses during the pandemic.
Initially I resisted, I didn't answer the requests of the news anchor, I dodged their calls. I was concerned about how I would be portrayed, how the studio would be represented, what they would show from the clip, if we would get negative backlash, what our members would think, would the city see it and close us down - the list of thoughts I had played on.
Then I took a few minutes to really think about why I was nervous, what I wanted to accomplish by going on air, thinking about the worst that could happen and asking myself what my future self would do (more on that in my goal setting workshop).
I came to the conclusion I normally get when making big decisions - When I am looking back on my life when I am 85 what would I have wished that I would have done. In this case, if I wouldn't have put my fears aside and stayed silent, I would have regretted it. I could picture myself looking back and asking "why did you make decisions out of fear"? A study I recentently read discusses exactly this.
What are life’s biggest regrets?
My biggest take away was this reminder - "I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me"
This one sounded all the bells for me! Instead of worrying about things I couldn't control, I thought to myself why do I want to share what we are doing at Midtown Yoga Kitchener Waterloo with the community and beyond? The reason was, I believed whole-heartedly in what we were doing. At that time, April 2021 the conversation that CTV wanted to have was "Why are you able to stay open during the 3rd lockdown". The answer, under the Ontario Disabilities Act. This legislation was new however and many people didn't know about it or understand it. I wanted to let people know that this was possible, and that our services were essential.
You can watch the clips below!
Clip 1 April 8th, 2021 .20 seconds
Clip 2 July 16th, 2021 .15 seconds
Clip 3 January 3rd, 2022 Minute 1.18
Clip 4 January 20th, 2022 Minute 1.31
Goal Setting Workshop
I would love to learn about something that you want to overcome. It might be one of your 2022 goals! Good news I am hosting a Goal setting workshop on Friday January 28th, 2022 at 8pm & Saturday January 29th, 2022 at 4pm. Free for unlimited members at Midtown Yoga Kitchener Waterloo, $33.00 for non unlimited members.