Seeing your dreams or an idea actually take shape in a real way can be an amazing feeling.
It can also be very, very scary.
When I was a hard-core reporter, before any major interview, I always had to wake up that morning and take a dump. (Maybe I have a very mild case of irritable bowel syndrome.) Only then would I feel better. Even if it was a phone interview.
The very strange thing is, once I took the “nerves dump” I knew it was showtime and there was no turning back. It’s time to work.
Take the dump.
Take the deep breath.
There is such a thing as healthy fear, so anytime we endeavor to do something that has the potential to be amazing, like speaking in public, performing, presenting ideas, accepting an award, participating in a sport or competition, there is something that makes us nervous and excited. At least this is the case for me.
Healthy fear reminds us there is potential to fail, but it’s well worth the risk.
Healthy fear tests us and actually prepares us for when we take things to an even higher level. With practice, we can hone healthy fear and use the familiar feeling to remind us we’ve been in this spot before, we’ve succeeded and will do it again.
In this piece from Forbes.com, Barbara Stanny breaks it down most eloquently (and honestly wrote the post I’m trying to write and did a much better job) and declares, “Fear Is Good!”
Her most stand out lines in her commentary that I intend to apply to my life IMMEDIATELY:
“Fear has a new purpose—to warn us of approaching Greatness.”
“Fear is the clearest signal we will get that we’re on the precipice of greater success, greater happiness, greater impact.”
“Imagine if more of us finally realized that Fear is nothing to fear. Quite the contrary. Fear is Good. Imagine if every time we got scared, instead of freaking out, we gave each other a big high-five and exclaimed: ‘YES! We’re on our way to Greatness.’ ”