How often when you wake up, do you feel some anxiety? If I am honest, I do. I also know when I feel this way I make little cough sounds. I am not sick, but just cough. Interesting. What about you?
For me the little anxieties are usually about things I have not attended to. I have some Toastmasters projects looming and I cannot see away forward. I am meeting with a new client and feel like I don't know what will happen. I am not sure if I will get from meeting to meeting on time.
Ultimately once I start my day things go better or at least on par with my expectations. Most of the time. But what about when they don't?
This weekend at church, I am singing a solo 'Be Not Afraid' by Bob Dufford and apparently he wrote the song in a moment of anxiety. It is a religious song but the main tone if that we are not alone. We have support and guidance. Whether from above, friends, family or other sources, we need sometimes ask for help. This is what I did this morning, and I feel much better.
Do you ask for help when you need it? I think sometimes we don't until it is offered. We don't want to burden others and pretend we can do it. Until we can't. Often this is not too late like in the movies, but what if we asked for help sooner. How might things different?
I could imagine that we wouldn't feel so much anxiety. We would feel connection with others and perhaps understand that More can be be achieved. Players of team sports generally know this, but we live in a world of increasing isolation with technology. Too often we turn to tech now for advice when perhaps we should really be turning to others.
I am going to try this for awhile and see what happens. Be not afraid to try it to!
David Corcoran is a Executive Voice Coach. He helps people take responsibility for their communication. This Blog contains his regular musings, thoughts and ideas. He is based in Vienna, Austria.