Hooray! School is starting. Soon, there will be a few hundred new students sitting in my public speaking classes. I’m ready to hear this:
“I’m not a public speaker. I’m terrible at it. I can only speak to small groups. I’m an introvert and introverts are really bad at public speaking…”
And on and on with the endless excuses. So many excuses. AND SOOOOOOOOO many reasons why people are RIGHT about their limited abilities.
I can’t do that. NO, I KNOW. I KNOW I CAN’T. LET ME TELL YOU ALL THE REASONS AND ALL THE STORIES AND ALL THE WAYS OUT.
Well, guess what? After teaching thousands of people for 15 years, everyone in my class has given a speech. And everyone in the world is capable of giving a speech. There’s a guy out there with no arms and no legs who makes millions of dollars giving speeches.
There’s no excuse for public speaking. People are wrong about it. Over and over and over. They are wrong about themselves.
I, too, have been wrong about myself many many times.
You are wrong about you.
What was that, Georgi??? Immediately, your brain is going crazy and wants to be right. You will come up with every possible reason to refute me. Being right feels like life or death. Being right gives your brain a dopamine hit that is super satisfying. All day long, you prove yourself right. Your confirmation bias is constantly vigilant.
And yet, what if YOU ARE WRONG ABOUT YOU?
What if you CAN do that?
What if YOU ARE that kind of person?
What if YOU DO have that kind of body?
What if THAT IS POSSIBLE?
What if YOU ARE STRONGER THAN YOU THINK???
What do you think???
Do you even know? Do you see how you’ve created limits? Do you like your reasons? Are you willing to be wrong?
Hey, yo. It’s Fall semester. Want to start a new class? Start practicing mindfulness. Start observing your thoughts. Start questioning what you are so right about. Start believing something else. Watch your life change.
Gorgeous, stubborn, needs to be right reader: What if you’re wrong about you? I can’t wait to show all my students how totally wrong they are about public speaking. I’m thrilled.
And in the meantime, I never thought I would want to start a business and yet… I’m bursting with new ideas and reveling in exciting partnerships.
I might be wrong about myself. I hope I am. That would be wonderful. And it wouldn’t be the first time.
Loving you out there. Be wrong about you. XO