Today I want to write about some key principles that have not only helped me overcome my stutter…but also help me get really great results in my life. First off, I know that overcoming anything, whether it be confronting someone you love, making a cold call or speaking in front of a large audience can be totally terrifying. Despite this discomfort, pushing through the pain it is actually going to help.
Coincidentally some of the tasks or “homework” that I give to my students requires them to do push through something uncomfortable. I can talk more on that later.
I can remember when I was younger and my first coach instructed me to speak in front of an audience. I was absolutely petrified. Although my coach used to have a really bad stutter, had given me some helpful tips to work on mine and also given great speeches in front of me, I was still scared to take this massive step forward. At the time I thought that everyone cared so much about what I had to say and would judge me based on how many times I would stutter and stammer. It wasn’t until I mustered up the courage to get in front of the crowd and give my speech that I learned that all these ideas in my head were just not true. My first speech actually went OK and I gained so much confidence after delivering it. I can remember feeling a surge of adrenaline and bulldog confidence come to me after I finished my last word. The more I realized that going towards things that scared me would help me…the better and more exciting my life got.