If There’s One Thing I Can’t Stand to Sit Back and Watch It’s Fear Holding People Back From Achieving Their Dreams

Right from as far back as I can remember, I felt fear every time I stepped outside of my comfort zone…

I had this burning desire within me to be on the stage but the idea of doing it frightened the living daylights out of me because I was also shy and introverted…

I think back to when I entered my first modelling competition. I think I was about 12 years old….

Standing on the side of the stage waiting for my turn…

My heart in my throat as I went through my routine over and over again in my head…

My heart was racing as my name was announced and I stepped on stage, waiting for the music to start…

Before I knew it, I was walking down the catwalk and I was loving it! I didn’t want it to end…

This led to a small, local modelling career including photo shoots and TV commercials…

When I was 21, I flew to the USA by myself to work as a Camp Counsellor for the summer. The night before I left, I was in tears, riddled with fear. I caught a cold because I’d worked myself up so much, but I still got on that plane the next day and made my way all the way across the states to Lake George, about three and a half hours north of New York City…

While I was there, I had the chance to get up and sing at a karaoke. I was nervous as hell but I knew within my heart that
I had to do it. I asked one of the other girls to get up with me and she did. We sang, ‘Personality’ by Lloyd Price. It was a song I’d taken to after running Jukebox Saturday Night when I worked in radio…

I knew at that point that my life would never be the same again…

I came home and soon I was running karaoke shows. Up until this point, the thought of speaking into a microphone scared the life out of me, but I knew I had to push through…

This led to entering a talent quest with a backing band in the mid 90s. I practiced and practiced, even rehearsing two dancers in the process…

I wanted to get this right…

I stood on stage, the band started, I started singing….and then my worst nightmare!

I forgot the words!

This is the fear that stops people in their tracks…it stops them from moving forward…

I looked at the band leader and she wrapped up the song…

I was so embarrassed…

But once the embarrassment had settled down, I saw the gift in what had happened. I realised that I’d forgotten the words because I was so used to having a TV screen onstage with the lyrics during the karaoke shows…

At that point I decided I was going to learn the lyrics and never look at the TV screen again.

I started gigging around town in pubs and clubs about twenty years ago in duos and eventually taught myself the guitar so I could work solo…

In 2000, I found myself in Germany singing onstage at the World Expo. This led to further performances in Switerzland, Finland, Ireland and Thailand. I performed regularly in Europe for the next ten years.

I’ve appeared on TV several times over the years, too…doing interviews and performing live with my heart racing a million miles per hour…

I went on to co-produce and compere live stage events and media promotion…

So, that’s all very nice…but what’s my point?

I’ve never let fear stop me…

EVER!!

I’ve always pushed through it because the fear of the regret I would have if I didn’t do it far outweighed the fear of actually doing it…

The joy of having achieved what I set out to do…even if I did fall flat on my face…far outweighed the fear of the regret I would feel if I didn’t do it…

Was I an expert before I did these things?

Far from it…many times I was working with professionals with far more experience than me and yes, I did feel completely out of my league…

But the fear of the regret was always there and that was the one thing that pushed me through…

And it breaks my heart to see someone so consumed with fear that they just can’t take that next step to do what their heart is calling them to do…

When you’re 85, you won’t regret the things you did…even if you did fall flat on your face…

YOU WILL REGRET THE THINGS YOU DIDN’T DO

Follow your heart, follow your dreams and don’t let anyone stop you (especially yourself!)

Kathryn xx

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Kathryn Eggins

Kathryn Eggins is an international speaker, writer, entertainer and artist, who loves colour, her cat, and following the guidance of her soul. Her desire is to inspire you to connect to your soul, take inspired action, and consciously create the life your heart desires.

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