Well over a decade ago, little Makenna was a junior in high school and was thrilled to high heaven to audition for the ‘fancy pants choir’ that was considered the elite of the elite in high school choir-dom. It was a long, drawn out process to even audition. There was the informational meeting that you HAD to attend, the in-person audition, and the long series of essays to you had to write.
So I went to the meeting, and did my audition, and felt like I tanked, so I went to my choir director’s office and said that I was dropping my application.
He stared me straight in the face and said “Makenna, if you don’t finish you’ll never know whether you’ll get in or not. If you do finish the process as least you KNOW that you did everything in your power. Are you ready to live with that regret?”
The clear answer to me was abso-fucking-lutely not.
So I went home, finished the essays, and submitted my application. And waited. And waited. And waited.
Spoiler alert: Much to my surprise, I got in.
I wasn’t the most talented, I wasn’t the most dedicated, but I was a pretty surprising blend of passionate, talented, and dedicated. Which was good enough. The key for me? Those essays. The essays I almost didn’t write because I was afraid.
So what the hell does high school choir have to do with business coaching?
One of the biggest blocks I find with clients, friends, and family is the fear of failure. The fear of something not working out, the fear that if you put yourself out there and it doesn’t work that your world is over, doomed. Crushed.
Sure, not acting and sitting on your hands might FEEL better in theory, but the reality is that action, even if it comes with failure is a message you send to yourself that you CAN do it, even if the results aren’t what you expected.
Why should you face your fears and act?
Action has no upper limit to success, only inaction does.