“Fear is only as deep as the mind allows.”
– Japanese Proverb

This past week, I spent some time in Las Vegas for a conference with work. There was a lot of work spent preparing for this past week, and once the day had finally come, I felt ready. The displays were setup. The flyers printed. The promo material arrived and displayed. Lets get this show on the road!

Yet – little did I know, the plans would not go as fully planned.

When it came time to present the new services of PayProMedia, CEO Matt Hoskins began to move towards the stage, and stopped to turn around, look at me and say, “Get up here.”

Someone slam the brakes! This was not the plan. I am not a public speaker. I am supposed to be the person in the back holding the wall up and smiling.

With no time for preparation – I was put on the spot. I join Matt up on stage to assist with half of the presentation in front of a full room of people.

One hour later, we were done. I was relieved. Get me out of here.

24 hours later, I sat on a plane staring out the window thinking back through that event. How could I have lived through that? I am not a public speaker. But I realized while on the plane, that it really wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be. Actually, it wasn’t bad at all – and I wouldn’t mind doing it again!

Long story short, the lesson learned is to test your fears. You will never overcome them if you dont test them.

What fears are you living behind?