Stephen’s words echo in my brain!
There have been two rather surprising outcomes from the Life Coaching I’ve had. Two things I’ve never been able to do and now find I can!!
Little intrigue here – eh!!
My older brother who – for reasons which completely escape me – seems to have had an unnecessary influence over my life (!!) – once told me when I was probably in my early teens that I couldn’t sing a note! That I sang dreadfully flat and that the one thing I should never do is sing in public.
I’m sure he has forgotten he ever said it. The point is I didn’t! I was very upset and from then on hardly dared sing at all. And when I did – scared that I was singing out of tune, I promptly did – I could hear how off key I sounded. In fact I’ve succeeded in singing flat ever since!!
Two weeks ago I went along for auditions for a part in our local Am. Drams production of Oh What a Lovely War. As there is a great deal of singing in it I felt pretty confident I wouldn’t be given a singing role! Wrong – I’m one of the 5 main female singers. When I queried this and pointed out my total inability to sing in tune I was told very smartly that that was a load of rubbish and I can sing perfectly well and actually was one of the stronger singers of the group!!
The other thing I’ve never been able to do is stand up and speak in Public. Far too petrified. I was VERY shy as a child and VERY self-conscious in group situations. Early on at a new school I was hauled out of normal classes and added to a special “Reading Aloud” class. ( I was 10 at the time) . Being made an example of did nothing for my self-confidence at all. Their ‘improvement’ technique was to be made to read in front of the headmistress – even more daunting! Result: I got even worse! I felt even more of a failure than I had at the start! And I’ve been hopeless at reading aloud or standing up and speaking in public ever since.
But things have changed. Totally. In the past 10 months I’ve stood up and given a speech in front of 30 close friends about my 6′ and 30″ moment (see Eureka moments page), I’ve volunteered at work at least 3 times to give talks to the entire Company. I can’t stop myself these days!! And I enjoy it!
Bizarre!! But thank you Stephen!! It’s been great to find I can do these things and do them without fear!