… I’m praying that my armpits haven’t made my top wet…
This is how I felt when I was 19 and at university in France.
One day we were were put in small groups to do a piece of work on Constitutional Law. “Constitutional what?” I thought.
I didn’t have a clue what that even was (seeing as we don’t have a written constitution like they do in France). I was with two French students. They seemed to understand what they were doing and I just nodded along. I didn’t understand the French. I had no clue about the content.
And then in class the lecturer said he was going to select a group to present their answers. I felt sick. I KNEW it was going to be me. My surname was Andrews and I just knew he would start at the top of the list. BINGO! I got that bit right.
I find it had to describe the feelings that went through my body when I stood up and he started asking me questions. I didn’t understand the question. I certainly didn’t understand the answers and I definitely couldn’t give the answer in French.
That I stood up there with self belief and an unshakeable belief that I could do it.
I crumbled. I cried (in front of the whole class). And I was so ASHAMED of my performance and inadequacy.
So why am I telling you this today.
Because a few decades later I believe that I am braver. In fact, I now know that I was brave then as well.
Here’s what I do.
I do a short mindfulness practice. This could be as simple as being aware of each of my senses while I wait for the kettle to boil!
I give myself a short pep talk. Something along the lines of “I can do this. This is going to go well. I can only grow from this.”
I imagine the whole event going the best it could possible go.
I take a deep breath and I do it!
And then I congratulate myself.
So the next time you need a dose of bravery, know that you can do it. You will be a richer person.
The sense of achievement is like no other. It’s freeing. It’s liberating.
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