Fear not .. Focus, yes

Stage fright.

I started to sing at church a solo I had practiced millions of times. I was certain at the tender age of 11 or so that it was my calling.

Ahem.

Lost my place. Lost the tune. Nearly cried. We started over and my voice was crackling so much I could hardly hear the piano.

Stage left, quickly.

A blue dress. Five years later, on a date, entered a beauty pageant. I had no talent. So I needed to deliver a talk.

The girl on the stage before me lost her place and left the stage quickly.

I went out and suddenly, my voice crackled and I was so nervous as I forgot where I was in my speech. In front of hundreds, I bombed out.

My story was over, unfinished.

Someone sent a messenger telling me the judges said I would place in the pageant if I could give it another try, so I did.

And nailed it. And placed.

Public speaking and fear of heights, I have heard, are the two biggest fears common to man.

A speech class at Polk State College in Winter Haven, and a great deal of speaking experience with a previous job helped me get over those butterflies.

I no longer get nervous in front of a crowd.

That said.

You won’t find me taking a ride in a hot air balloon or buying a flight on a space shuttle anytime soon.

Other fears can get in the way of our dreams.

The fear of failure is real.

So we see fear or lack of, or reasonable calculation and careful planning .. all affect our dreams.

I love listening to self help talks. Even if they sometimes seem repetitive. Mostly, because everyone has a story, and the takes on their stories and the way they accomplish their dreams is amazing.

When was the last time you leaped a hurdle on the track of the dreams you have set out for yourself?

Every day, another step.

Focus on the next step, and soon another will follow.

Sometimes we fear failure so much we are afraid to try.

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