The Blog.

It’s good to talk

18 Aug 2007 | Uncategorized

A good friend recently reminded me to do something that scares you every day. At first I took it to mean do something different that scares you each day – nudging yourself out of your comfort zone whilst adding a spice of variety. But as it turns out, facing the same fear day in day out, is a sure fire way of overcoming that fear, or, in my friend’s case, being able return a spider to nature without fainting.

Funnily enough mine is to do with talking.

I have been tackling something that’s scared me for as long as I can remember – talking about God. I don’t mean in a preachy kind of way, but just being open about my faith. I remember an emotionally charged song I used to sing with such a mixture of conviction and yearning, "I’m not ashamed of the one I love", and that’s what I aspire to I guess, being able to talk openly, frankly and authentically about my faith in a way that just says ‘this is me’ without being intrusive, sermonising or fanatical. So, I’ve been facing my fear, with baby steps to begin with and I find myself slowly moving away from terrified to hesitant and uncomfortable, and I have been blessed with some wonderfully open and full on conversations along the way.

Coincidentally my coach has challenged me to do the same thing with talking about my coaching. I guess they say repetition is a good way to learn, although this one is different on many levels. So as I awkwardly try to articulate and convey the essence of something that many people have either no idea or a very different idea of what it is, I am sure the more I just talk about it, the more comfortable and eloquent I will become over time.

Besides, doing something that scares you is rarely as scary as the fear itself.

2 Comments

  1. Yvonne

    Hi Grace
    I like the new look on your blog, pink – one of my favourites; and another gorgeous picture of Oliver.
    By the way, I showed Dad some videoclips of Oliver from my camera, and he did the proud Grandad thing of holding it up to show people around.
    I know I’m sometimes overly personal (as in not very open), but I will try to improve with you. I’m so very pleased that you found closeness to God again, I have been praying for you all over the years and will continue to.
    I expect that you and Julie shall find a church to settle into and feel at home at: a place to grow and thrive.
    🙂 love Yvonne

    Reply

Submit a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Image if author Grace Marshall

About Grace

I coach, train, write and speak on productivity. I help people adopt new ways of working and thinking about their work to replace stress, overwhelm and frustration with success, sanity and satisfaction.

Like what youre reading?

Subscribe and join me in  conversation!

I will never sell your data. You can unsubscribe at any time. Here’s our privacy policy.

Want to  Explore?

Related  Posts

Celebrating Mothers

Flowers, chocolates, cards, cooking dinner... whatever we choose to give our mothers today it's the thought behind it that counts. Mums do and look...

read more

New Year Blues

Traditionally the time for new beginnings, resolutions and changes, you would have thought this would be the perfect time to launch a new coaching...

read more

Celebrating Mothers

Flowers, chocolates, cards, cooking dinner... whatever we choose to give our mothers today it's the thought behind it that counts. Mums do and look...

read more

Pin It on Pinterest