Monday, 10 October 2016

Dear Reader: Skills For Success

- I wanna preface this post by saying that I was mildly forced by my mother to go to this course. Its not something I would openly choose myself. I am a cynic, and happy to be one. This is not my bag. -

Last week I started a course. Dale Carnegie's Skills for Success. Just the title made me roll my eyes. I was not up for it at all, I had had a long and tiring day and the course ran from 6 to half 9. I was not into it.

I got in my mate Tom's car (who is doing the course with me thank the lord) and said to him, 'If they start doing trust exercises, I'm leaving'. I hate stuff like that, forced fun and forced friendships with people you have literally zilch in common with. I don't even hang out with family members I don't get along with. I'm quite matter of fact like that. I won't waste my energy on people I don't feel feed my soul. I hate inane small talk.

I also want to say I'm not a negative person by any stretch of the imagination, quite the opposite, I welcome positivity and light at all costs. There was just something about the idea of this course that made me feel anxious and stressed to my core. I imagined it to be like Micheal Scott's training, just a cringefest.

And friends, its wasn't awful.

Although I still felt uncomfortable throughout, I did learn some skills in the first session that surprised me. I also faced a few minor fears, like public speaking. I almost had a panic attack, Tom can attest to this, but I did it which is truly an achievement for me.

It is a cringefest, but a cope-able cringefest.

You have to set goals for yourself in the course that you want to achieve within the 8 weeks of doing it. One of mine is to become more vulnerable to you guys.

I don't know if this is the same for any of you fellow bloggers reading this, but I feel like I am always holding myself back. In some respects not telling the full story when I speak personally about myself. I feel thats what people want to see though, and the only way to effectively build a strong audience. I've said before that people want you to be unashamedly you, and I know more and more that I need to practice what I preach.

I'll do un update post every few weeks about how I'm getting on on this course but I'm happy at the moment that I've got one week down.

Who knew that bettering yourself would be so goddamn difficult!

Shiana xo

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