One of the things I do is, I say “yes” to too many things.
Partly because I find it tough to say “no” (although I’m getting better at it). Partly because cool stuff often happens if you say “yes”.
Take the other day. It was a bit of an odd day, because I’d said “yes” to one too many things. I’d promised my pole teacher I’d perform on trapeze in a little festival in Hereford. Even though my mum and dad and niece were visiting. And we were going on holiday on Tuesday.
Not much going on then.
I felt really guilty for not wanting to do it, and because my folks were here.
In the end, though, we had a brilliant day because Joe and my dad pulled thousands of miles of wiring out of the attic, and my mum and my niece came along to the little festival to watch me and my fellow aerialists perform.
Really, I should have said “no” because of all this, and because I was away last week so had no time to practise.
But I said “yes” and I had a fab time. I always do when I perform. And it seemed to go down well.
Here’s the amazing thing about brains, too: although I’d not had chance to practise, and I’d never performed that particular routine before, I knew it and I did it pretty well.
Because I ran through it in my head, to the music, countless times. And that counts as practice. I’m learning a lot about how we get to be good at stuff, and it’s all about building neural pathways then reinforcing them with constant practice. And although actual practice is best, doing it in your head counts for a lot.
Anyway. Say yes to things; but not too many things because it’ll stress you out. And do stuff in your head, too. Like writing, and maths, and drawing, and rehearsing, and singing, and trapeze.
And buy a copy of my book, Business For Superheroes. If you read it and put my advice in to practice, I can guarantee you will see results.
Vicky Fraser is a copywriter, author, and entrepreneur. She really did run away with the circus… but when she’s not swinging from a trapeze, she’s showing other copywriters and small business owners how to work with better clients, make more money, and stop missing bathtimes, first words, and dinners with angry partners. In fact, she wrote the book on it. Get your copy here.
PS Apparently somebody videoed my trapeze performance. If I get my hands on it, I’ll link you up 🙂 In the meantime, you can grab a copy of my book here.