A little bit of fear is not always a bad thing. That little feeling you get as you face a challenge. It may be your new job, a new student in your classroom, or even walking in the building with a new haircut. The deep breath you take as you approach your challenge is a sign that some level of fear is with you. Butterflies in your stomach!
Many coaches believe that the feeling of butterflies in your stomach prior to a competition is healthy and contributes towards a strong performance. The same can be said for singers, dancers, and actors. Teachers get the feeling on the first day of school every year, just before the kids walk in the door! This fear is not the opposite of courage! Courage is what you use to overcome your fears! A little bit of fear always loses to bravery!
Embrace those butterflies! Step up to the starting line and run! When the curtain opens, smile and shine! When you feel those butterflies in your stomach, you know you are doing something that takes courage. Smile as you reach beyond your comfort zone and let your bravery show!
Brave and Happy!