Delivering a punchline that gets ZERO laughter! My inner voice yells, "Yikes! I can't believe that didn't work!" Beginning a piano piece with the wrong notes over and over again! My inner voice yells, "Rats! What's wrong with me!?" Realizing my presentation slides are out of order! My inner voice yells, "Crap! I do my own tech support. How did that program screw me over!?"
Making mistakes in front of live audiences feels so raw. I get tangled in self-doubt, replaying those mistakes over and over again in my psyche. I can feel generations of my Asian relatives judging my imperfection. Okay, maybe just the living relatives are judging me. . .
As three time World Champion of Public Speaking finalist and my long time mentor, Jim Tucker, professes, “There is no comfort in the growth zone AND there is no growth in the comfort zone.”
Take a breath. It’s true. He’s right.
I can count on Jim to guide me to a zone where mistakes, mishaps, and missteps should be embraced with MORE curiosity, compassion, and openness.
Here’s another way of thinking about it:
I. . .you. . .we. . . need to remember that the ‘hidden assets’ within the ‘uncomfort zone’ reveal lessons that nurture momentum, change, and growth.
If you’re a Star Wars fan, here’s some wisdom that Master Yoda shares with Luke Skywalker in the movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, “Pass on what you have learned. Strength, mastery, hmm… but weakness, folly, failure also. Yes, failure, most of all. The greatest teacher, failure is.”
Hence, I started this blog to help us change the way we relate and respond to our mistakes. We’re not robots. We’re only human.
Whether you’re learning something new, creating, or performing; let’s enjoy the journey of improvement and embrace the gifts of the imperfect process!