Today’s Gem of Gratitude #165


Today I am thankful for the feeling of nervousness that tends to come over me right before I have to do something major that is out of my comfort zone, like giving a speech/presentation or taking an exam.

Most people would probably think that given the number of speeches/presentations that I have given or the number of exams that I have taken, that I would not get nervous anymore. That is definitely not the case. Now I may not be consumed by nervousness like I used to be, but I definitely still have a tendency to get nervous.

I have actually heard that becoming a little nervous prior to doing something major is a good thing, because it indicates that you care a great deal about what it is that you are about to do and that you want to complete that task successfully.

In my case the nervousness that I tend to experience right before doing something that is out of my comfort zone also carries with it another benefit: the majority (if not all) of the feelings of nervousness that plan to surface seem to show up during that particular period of time and then leave once I commence the task at hand. And it seems to do that without fail every single time. The result of which is that once I actually start the task my nervousness is replaced with adrenaline and I feel more relaxed and at ease. It’s hard to explain it, but it is wonderful to experience.

So, now, when I feel those little butterflies in my stomach right before I undertake a major task that is outside of my comfort zone I just smile and resist the urge to become alarmed, knowing that everything is going to be just fine. #lovebythedrop

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