February was a momentous month for me. It marked the delivery of my first ever presentation of Breaking the Bricks in Your Life. It was the first (as well as the second and third times) that I did something that I have never done before. I presented my original material to a group. I developed (with help from a lot of people, which is one of the key points of the presentation) practiced, refined it, rewrote it, added, subtracted, added more, practiced more and then presented my story, sharing how I have achieved success in running a marathon, triathlon and attaining my black belt.
How did I feel? It felt right. It felt like I was definitely doing what I was supposed to be doing. I was surprisingly calm up until about an hour before the first presentation at work. This calm didn’t last for the second practice round as I was nervous and fumbled and just could not find my flow. I really struggled with that second presentation. Finally, it was time to present to my administrative group. I had myself mentally ready for this one and while it definitely wasn’t perfect, it felt so much better than the two prior. This one felt right and the hour that I was scheduled to talk just flew by. I enjoyed that presentation with its brief moments of uncertainty. I truly enjoyed every moment of that experience.
How many times have you heard, practice, practice, practice. One thing I’ve learned from all of these experiences is that is that is really is all about the journey. It doesn’t matter who you are or what you are doing, everything changes and evolves and you need to put time into it to make it work and flow, and that really is the learning and growing part of any experience. I know when I give this presentation again, I know I will need to add or omit parts as well as practice more. There really is more to this journey….I just don’t know when or what that will be and I look forward to finding out.