Anticipation. Isn’t it interesting that this word not only makes us think of events we are excited for and believe will bring us happiness/pleasure, but also includes those events which bring anxiety. And isn’t this an accurate definition for this word? Most of the the life events we most anticipate are exciting, typically happy, but also cause anxiety, which I do not consider such a great feeling. Can we achieve the anticipation without the anxiety?
As a part of my daily calendar, I strive to write down three events I am excited about and three items I am grateful for. Even though I don’t always take time to complete this section, I enjoy looking back at what I anticipated about my month, week, and even day. As I look at the month of March, one event continues to stand out.
Later this month, I will travel to NYC to present at the National Afterschool Association annual conference. I was selected as one of the intensive leadership session presenters. I am STOKED! But also starting to get anxious as I think about a city I have never traveled to, the large potential audience, and the potential opportunities that await. This leads me to wonder, when does good anticipation turn into dreadful anxiety?
I am doing all I can to be prepared and insure an excellent performance. I am also focusing on the excitement of a new city, lots of potential opportunities, and potentially a large crowd who are taking time for my workshop to assist them in bettering their skills & helping their staff. What do you do to focus on anticipation and stop the anxiety creep?
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Good luck at your conference. What an honor to be selected to present, and with any risk-taking adventure, there is usually some anxiety associated with it, but you will do great!!! AND You will LOVE New York City!!
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It sounds like you have a great event coming up, and I’m sure you’ll do great! I always get anxious when I have to present in front of realize grown-ups, so I overprepare! I don’t know if it helps, but it what I do when the nerves kick in. This week, I am anticipating a professional development training with my department members on Friday. It should be a good one, and it is nice to know I have something to look forward to.
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I’m never nervous teaching, but I get so nervous presenting in front of grown-ups. I wish I had some tips, but hopefully some others will!