My first ever speaking gig absolutely bombed.
I was nervous
My new business depended on me being good
Plus I had hugely unrealistic standards & expectations.
After all, I had booked and briefed more speakers than most people have had hot dinners!
I felt like I needed to be better than best.
Spring forward 4 years and I’m speaking like a champion - more confident, more relaxed - and with much better results.
Perfectionism is a curse.
While we imagine it drives better performance, it can have the opposite effect.
It gets in the way of us tackling stretch opportunities.
And the stress can undermine your performance anyway
So what happened?
I learned to take it easier on myself - have some compassion and respect for both myself and my audience
I also learned that we don’t have to feel like we’re proving ourselves all the time
Life’s a journey not a destination
And it takes time to create a diamond.
9 times out of 10, you’ll get a better result when you let go of perfect.
So next time you put yourself out there into a stretch situation
No more ABBA “take a chance on me”
And far more of Kylie “[you] should be so lucky”!!