How confident are you in your ability to face each day? Do you have the courage to speak your mind?
What must you do to succeed? In order to be prepared, you may need to engage in a . . .
Who am I? I believe I know. But how do I make the people I meet each day accept the person I am? And, how do I convince them of my sincerity, as we interact?
The alarm clock buzzes, announcing another day. I roll out of bed, and prepare to face the challenges of engaging an audience that has expectations I need to meet. As such, I must develop a well thought out plan, so I do not disappoint them.
This begins with a “Dress Rehearsal.” I need to play my role on life’s stage with the expertise of a polished actor. Interacting with a diverse cast of characters is a large part of my life, and I need to deliver my message with the appropriate dialogue to get my points across.
I stand in front of the mirror on my bedroom wall. As the imaginary curtain rises, I stare out at an audience of my mind’s creation. With script in head, I began to speak the flowing lines of the character I try to be. Unsure and feeling insecure, I stumble through the dialogue. Although I practice for what seems an eternity, a polished act does not unfold.
How do I face a real audience and convince them I am who I am and this is who I want to be? How do I let the crowd know the words I speak are sincere and come from the heart?
I have been rehearsing my lines most of my life, in one way or another. Sometimes they spew forth as planned, while, at other times, the flow of words hits a mental dam, silencing my verbal presentation. Anxiety wells up inside me when ideas are plentiful, but, no matter how hard I try, I cannot find the words to express them.
As I have gotten older, I try to make myself believe my audience will be receptive to the roles I play and accept how I portray them. Yet the public does not always react in the way I expect and this leaves me disappointed.
Therefore, at the beginning of each day, I rehearse my mind’s script and select costumes and props to present myself, as I would like to be seen by my audience. By doing so, I hope I am poised again to perform on life’s stage.
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