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I was prompted to recall a time when I felt gut-wrenching nervousness.  And as I start to gear up for the 3rd (!) Kamloops Timeraiser it is easy to recall such a situation.

When I heard about the Timeraiser – an event created by Framework in Toronto 11 years ago – I thought to myself: ‘this has to come Kamloops’.  After pursuing the Timeraiser organization for over a year to bring their event to Kamloops, they eventually decided they wouldn’t bring here – but I could host it myself.  Awesome – I love hosting parties, but for this particular event I needed money and support.

chequeSo after socializing the idea and finding support, the day actually came when my first sponsor, NRI Distribution, sent me a $5000 sponsorship cheque.

Fear, disbelief, apprehension, insecurity – all welled up inside me.  Are they crazy putting this much faith in me to pull this off?  Can I pull this off?  What I do next?  How do I pay him back if I screw up?  Eek!

But whenever I am under pressure – life becomes clearer…  Just focus on the next step.  I can’t say I felt optimistic or that the fear disappeared, but I knew that if I just kept doing the right steps one after the other I would get the job done.

And I did!  And at some point in the following weeks I started to get excited knowing it would work out.  Those feelings of fear changed to pride, gratitude, excitement, enthusiasm and relief!

I have this theory, that it doesn’t matter much what your situation in life is, your attitude won’t change much.

If you are an optimist, someone who looks at challenges as learning opportunities, then that is you.  If you are a little disgruntled with your lot in life and the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence, so be it.

If you are the disgruntled sort, winning the lottery or having a fantastic job won’t improve your outlook.

If you are an optimist, being in sudden crisis or having a number of bad breaks won’t slow you down much.

At a any given time, sure – your attitude may change dramatically in response to a new situation.  But as time passes, you will return to your customary outlook, regardless of how good or bad the situation is.  I know there are extreme events that can throw someone so off balance that they can never return to their former equilibrium.  And there are also times when someone notices the colour of their own glasses and decides to change them, slowly and persistently changing a part of who they are.

What colour glasses are you wearing.  I think I need to change mine sometimes… I think they are purple and I need a little less blue and a little more white light.  And winning the lottery or getting a great, new career probably won’t do it.

It has to come from within – somewhere within.

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