This is a big first for me. There’s the excitement of publishing the first vlog for the explorewhatsnext YouTube channel AND there’s the stomach churning anxiety of feeling totally exposed.
This is a familiar feeling. When I created this blog and posted my first post, I felt sick with nerves for a week. What was I thinking! I will look like an idiot! Now writing and posting on the Internet is easier, usually without any anxiety (until I get a negative comment but that’s another story). Eventually I got over looking like an idiot, even enjoying it, in a way.
Whenever we do something new for the first time there is usually the tingle of anxiety humming just beneath the surface or flat out in our face panic. A client, who has struggled with severe anxiety, said recently that she saw a magnet at the mall that said something like, ‘Life begins at the edge of your comfort zone.’ That made us both smile. Pushing the envelope, or even nudging it just a little, for the sake of personal growth, is what Eleanor Roosevelt was getting at when she said, “Do one thing every day that scares you.”
Well, this is my one thing today, making this video public. With hope that it is received as it is given…