Are you looking forward to a happy Christmas? If you are, that’s wonderful and I wish you joy.
If you’re facing a difficult festive season, remember that so much of life (including public speaking and challenging Christmases) is influenced by your attitude to it. This means not only that we can usually make things go better by approaching them in a positive way, but also that the same reality can seem better if we just look at it differently.
Two people make the same speech and get the same reaction. One is pleased with how it went, the other dissatisfied: glass half full / glass half empty. I’m not suggesting you shouldn’t keep pushing yourself to do better but I am saying that constantly putting yourself down can chip away at your confidence. And it can be self-fulfilling. If you step up to the podium convinced you’re going to be hopeless, you’re much more likely to be. This truism applies to Christmas too – if you believe it’s all going to be stressful and upsetting, it probably will be. Positive thinking can reverse this.
Peace, fulfilment, love… I hope you get what you want for Christmas.