On a fine Sunday afternoon, I decided to attend a meeting organized by a public speaking club. We all met in a community park located in a popular part of the city. As the meeting convened, I realized that most of us present at the meeting were amateurs who were there for the first or second time only.
The purpose of the meet was to give all the members an opportunity to face their fears of public speaking and help each other by giving honest feedback. I really loved the concept and hence decided to give it a go.
One after the other, the speakers stood up, delivered their talks, and received feedback. Some struggled to string a few sentences together, some felt not confident enough, some were struggling to speak in a clearly audible voice, and some went completely blank during their speech.
Now, why am I telling you this? Do I intend to make fun of them? Or am I going to bash them for not being good enough? Well, I don’t want to do any such thing. On the contrary, I want to appreciate them here.
Do you know what came to my mind while sitting there listening to those people? I developed a deep sense of appreciation for them.
The most beautiful thing about them was their courage. They were courageous enough to be aware of their weaknesses and to choose to come here and speak in front of all these people. They were courageous enough to accept their flaws and were willing to work on them. They were not afraid to look foolish in front of others. The spirit they showed was commendable.
This is the key here. ACCEPTANCE.
We run away from things because we are not willing to accept them. We fear being mocked and rejected by people.
But what if you changed the script? What if you accepted your flaws and decided to work on them instead? Because if you are not willing to accept your flaws then why will anyone else?
See, acceptance is incredibly powerful. When you accept things the way they are, you open yourself to the possibility to improve.
Here’s the thing:
Accepting your weakness doesn’t make you weak. It makes you stronger.
So I’ll say it again. “It’s time to accept that you are not good enough.”
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