Yesterday I did my second ever Facebook live stream. (Watch the replay here.)
Before I clicked the "go live" button, my palms began to sweat. And the thoughts and the fear and the stories started to race through my mind.
Why am I doing this?
What do I actually have to say?
Who cares about listening to me on Facebook?
Everyone probably thinks I'm an idiot.
What if I draw a complete blank and can't remember what I wanted to talk about?
So my finger hovered over that "go live" button for quite some time. One half of me willing myself to press it. The other half wanting to give it up and go and eat my dinner.
I clicked "go live".
And I talked. And I shared something I wanted to share. Something that, for the right people, will be useful. Valuable. Something that'll help them take a few more risks in their own life and business.
And yes I drew a few blanks. And yes my cheeks and nose started to get really red because I was nervous. And yes I said "erm" and "like" about 50,000 times.
But when I was done and clicked "finish" the only thing I felt was really, really good.
So here's today's real message:
Life's all about the sweaty moments. The moments when you're dancing on the edge of yes or no. Should I shouldn't I. Can I can't I. And then that moment you finally push yourself over that edge into the experience. And the result will be whatever the result will be. Maybe it'll be what you hoped and expected. Maybe it won't.
But whatever the result, you can always guarantee this:
You'll never regret saying yes to the sweaty moment.
Because it's in the sweaty moments that you grow. It's in the sweaty moments you expand. It's in the sweaty moments you understand you're capable of more. It's in the sweaty moments that you see just how much might be possible. It's in the sweaty moments that you connect with that fiery life force - the blood rushing through your veins and that unbelievable feeling of just being alive and doing it.
It's the sweaty moments that make it all worthwhile.
And every time you say no to the sweaty moment? Every time you retreat? Every time you don't click "go live"? Every time you don't reach out to that person? Every time you don't publish that post? Every time you don't launch that programme? Every time you don't share that piece of art? Every time you don't say I love you when you're not sure they love you back? Every time you don't go after the thing you really want to go after?
Every time you do that you're denying who you are and what you're capable of. And when you do that, you will always feel like shit. You know that feeling, right? When you had an opportunity to go for it and didn't. That feeling sucks in a really, really big sucky way. I've done it enough times to know. I bet you have too.
So, here it is, summed up:
Seek out the sweaty moments wherever you can. And when you find them, for goodness sake, say YES to the sweat.
Love and courage,