It was Ralph Waldo Emerson who said, "Do the thing you fear, and the death of fear is certain."
Public speaking, for many, is a daunting endeavor filled with fear and trepidation. But I'm here to tell you that motivation is the key to overcoming this fear, and the secret to motivation lies in taking action. Let's delve into the power of action when it comes to conquering your fear of speaking in public.
Action Transforms Fear
You don't need to wait for the fear to vanish before you speak; you have to take action to diminish it. Even if you start without feeling fully confident, the first step can be enough to ignite the courage within. When facing your fear of speaking, simply stepping onto the stage can be the catalyst that transforms your apprehension into motivation.
Action Creates Momentum
Taking action not only diminishes fear but also creates momentum, a driving force that propels you forward. When you stand in front of an audience and deliver a speech, even a short one, it builds a sense of accomplishment and confidence. This positive feedback loop can snowball, propelling you to take even more significant actions in your speaking journey.
Action Overcomes Procrastination
Procrastination is the enemy of motivation. We often delay taking action because speaking in public can seem overwhelming. By breaking the process into smaller tasks, you can conquer procrastination and maintain steady progress. You don't have to wait for the perfect moment; you can begin now. When you make action a habit, procrastination loses its grip, and your fear starts to fade.
Action Fuels Confidence
Confidence in your speaking ability is essential for sustained motivation. Consistently taking action by practicing and speaking in public reinforces that confidence. It shows your dedication and resolve, and it makes you more likely to remain motivated over the long term. Remember, action breeds confidence, which, in turn, sustains your motivation.
Action Generates Proficiency
Ultimately, the primary reason we aim to conquer the fear of speaking is to become proficient and make a difference. Action is the bridge that connects motivation to proficiency. Motivation alone is merely a wish; it's your actions that turn it into a reality. You'll never become a confident speaker without taking action.
Action Overcomes Fear
Fear is a common barrier to speaking in public, whether it's the fear of failure, rejection, or the unknown. However, action is a potent antidote to fear. By facing your fears through action, you not only build courage but also intensify your motivation.
For instance, if you're anxious about public speaking, volunteering to give a brief presentation in a supportive environment can help you conquer that fear. As you take action and gain experience, your fear diminishes, and your motivation to become a more confident speaker grows.
Action Enhances Self-Belief
Believing in your own abilities, known as self-efficacy, is closely tied to motivation. As your belief in your capabilities grows, so does your motivation to tackle more substantial speaking challenges. When you witness your own competence and recognize that you have the skills and determination to succeed, your motivation becomes self-sustaining. You become more willing to take on new challenges and strive for even greater achievements.
I’m reminded of motivational speaker Les Brown, who overcame a paralyzing fear of public speaking through relentless action. Initially, he struggled with low self-esteem and fear of audiences, but he sought opportunities to practice speaking at local clubs and organizations. One pivotal moment came when he delivered an impromptu speech at the Miami Police Department, receiving positive feedback that boosted his confidence. Les Brown's commitment to self-improvement and continuous action transformed him from a fearful speaker into a world-renowned motivator, inspiring countless individuals to achieve their dreams.
In conclusion, motivation is a dynamic force that thrives on action. Waiting for motivation to strike before taking action can be a limiting mindset. Instead, recognize that action is the catalyst for motivation. By initiating even small, deliberate actions, you can transform your fear into motivation, create momentum, overcome procrastination, and become a more confident speaker. Motivation without action won't move you forward, but combining the two is the recipe for success and personal growth. Remember, it's all about consistency and action.
So, my friends, let us embrace action, conquer our fear, and become the confident speakers we are destined to be. Your journey begins with that first step. And each action you take brings you closer to speaking to the audience you are called to serve.
If you are ready to work on your communication and presentation skills, here are three ways to get started:
1. Take my speaker confidence assessment.
2. Attend my free Speak with Confidence and Ease workshop.
3. Schedule a 20-minute strategy call with me.