Back in 2003, I started my hypnotherapy practice in San Francisco. And during those early days, I really, really, really wanted to improve my hypnotherapy skills, super quickly.
I was a member of a hypnosis practice group that met monthly. And I thought, “Hey, I can improve my skills if I teach in the group.”
15 years ago as a recent hypnotherapy graduate, who was I to teach? Some of these members had so much more experience, so much more skill. But I really wanted to improve, so I felt the fear, felt the insecurities, and taught, taught, and taught some more.
One big lesson for me was that even though I was a newbie in the group, I could be valuable to them. I didn’t have to wait until I was an expert. The point was to teach in order to get better, faster.
Sometimes I taught a skill I wanted to improve myself. Sometimes I taught a skill I had no idea about, and that scared me.
Since I’d announced that I would teach the topic, I now had to learn this new topic. And I’ll admit, sometimes I was scared. Sometimes I thought, “Do I have enough time to learn this? What if it’s more complex than I thought? What if…” Well, you get the picture. My fears, doubts, and insecurities, got to play quite often.
But in the end, the desire to avoid being embarrassed was a strong incentive to quiet the fears. And I kept my eye on the prize. I remember that I wanted to improve my skills, so I could better serve my clients.
So I suspect I gained more skill much faster than most of my graduating class, because I was doing a lot of teaching that forced me to learn and hone many skills.
Why did I cause myself stress and fear? Because left to my own devices, I can be a lazy person. But the fear of letting people down, well, that’s a useful motivation for me. And the desire to serve, well, that’s a useful motivation for me.
Which brings me to my recent fear-inducing decision.
I’ve enrolled in a writing program, a 21-day writing challenge to be more precise. That means starting today, for 21 weekdays, I’ll be writing something. And I’ve chosen the theme of “21 Days of Fear and Action.”
I won’t be emailing you on each of the 21 weekdays. Instead, I’ll send an email now and then with a link to the blog.
During these 21 days, I’ll be sharing something that has to do with fear and action. During these 21 days, my goal is to both improve my writing and share something that can help you and my other readers.
I’ll be sharing techniques, concepts, and some hypnotic stories. If during the 21 days of writing you feel a bit tranced out, or you feel an issue resolving, or you feel something’s different, feel free to post about it.
I would love to get your feedback on any posts that moves you, that annoys you, that affects you in some way.
And last but not least, when have you used doubt and fear to your advantage? I’d love to hear your story, so please post, and perhaps your story will inspire another person.