* Doing videos * Doing Facebook lives * Creating Vlogs (video blog posts) * Doings Photo shoots or having my photo taken
It’s weird. I wasn’t always this way.
But now, you name it, as soon as anyone picks up a camera, I want to hide my head.
My dislike of photos, videos, etc. kicked up big time after what I now call My Bittersweet Last Year with Mom. (That’s also when I turned to carbs as if they were my long-lost friends. Which, of course, they weren’t. Of course, that led to a weight gain of 21 pounds, which took a while to shed.)
Here’s why I’m writing about my video and photo phobia.
From working with and emailing so many of you, I know that I’m not alone.
Let’s face it. In certain circles these days, people steer clear of the word “diet,” because it’s deemed politically incorrect. More important, it may mean deprivation, restriction, frustration, difficulty or even struggle.
Here’s the catch. What other word should I use to convey that you’re cleaning up your eating, mindfully consuming the best, healthiest, nutritious, real foods into your mouth? Sure, you’re eating less, but you’re still going to feel full.
Have you had a Diet Relapse where you ditched your clean diet and pigged out on processed carbs and sweets?
Then, did you feel low on will power, helplessly watch pounds pile on and beat up on yourself for caving into toxic treats (rapidly processed, quickie carbs, as I call them, or sugary snacks)?
It’s time to be glad that you’ve blown your diet.
Failure is, in fact, vital to your long-term diet success.
I came to understand this concept more than ever after I failed bigtime, incessantly stuffed my face with quickie carbs in late 2012 after my mother angrily died and then helplessly watched 21 pounds pile on.
For some six months, I felt angry, ashamed and disgusted with myself.
Please note: I never had the chance to ask a question in front of the 13,000 people at the Tony Robbins event, but just deciding to speak in front of this huge crowd helped me begin to lick my speaking fears. Stay tuned for announcements about upcoming speaking engagements.
This coming week, if Tony Robbins selects me at his Unleash the Power Within event, I will finally triumph over my absolute biggest fear in front of the 13,000 people in attendance.
Yes, I’m one of millions with a deep fear of public speaking, but if I can, I will speak at UPW even if it makes me feel uncomfortable, makes my stomach knotted up and scares me profoundly.
It’s not that I’d rather be in a coffin than speak, as some research suggests, and as Jerry Seinfeld joked, but it’s time to quit hiding away from stages no matter how big my fear.
Enough of playing small!
So why am I formally declaring my intention to Stand Strong and Speak to Serve™, as I put it?