I have joined Toastmasters International. For those of you who have never heard of it, it is a club that meets once a fortnight and you learn how to public speak.
My next step towards my goals this year, the next step here is to do my first speech… The thought of this terrifies me and excites me in pretty much equal level.
I only went along to 1 Toastmasters meeting before I had decided for definite that I was going to join, I was 99% sure I was joining before I went in to the first meeting as a guest…
Quite a few people have been surprised that I feel like I need to join something that teaches me to public speak and want to know why I would want to do that.
I do get up in front of my classes (at one point for more than 20 hours a week) to deliver my various fitness classes. I also have presented at fitness expo’s where I have delivered classes in a high pressured environment to 50 fitness enthusiasts in front of some of the industry’s finest presenters, and I deliver my Warrior Woman Project workshops…
I am someone who believes there is always something to learn and something to improve and I am very far away from being at the level I want to be at. I look at my mentors and people I respect and want to have the same composure and articulation they have.
I am one of 2 extremes… I am either the over enthusiastic untrained puppy or I am dead pan and serious… I personally want to find a better balance there.
When you look at the goals you have set yourself for this year, are they to help make you a better person? Better skilled at whatever it is that interests you? When you look at them, do you know that when they are achieved you will feel happier about who you are and what you do with your life? OR are they to try and make you in to a person that society thinks you should be?
I come across this a lot with clients who are trying to fit in to an image of who they think they should be rather than who they want to be and who they are inside.
What is it that makes you happy? And does it make you really happy (long term) or is it a quick fix happy? – Think a weekend out partying, seems fun at the time but then you lose half the week to a recovery process before you start the build up to doing it all again… Does that life really make you happy?
If you are struggling to stay on track with your goals it might be time already to review them to see what is right for you.