Learning a new skill is difficult. It requires that you leave your ego at the door and that you be open to failure on the path to success. It’s scary, you might fall (sometimes literally), but when you pick yourself back up you’ll find renewed strength.
In Chair Dance the other week, we stood on our chairs in our choreography. I told everyone to step off to the ground, arms open, full showgirl drama. Immediately, I saw the fear instinct kick in, that clench in the gut. We took a deep breath together, and then I saw everyone do it anyway. They trusted me, and they trusted themselves enough to try it. The second time we stepped off, it was a little more fearless, and by the third time, everyone smiled and breezily floated off those chairs.
Because, even if your chair moves, you’re still okay. The floor will always be there. You’re already stepping down, and the space you’re stepping isn’t going anywhere. Maybe it won’t be as graceful a transition as you’d hoped, and you stomp instead of step, but the floor is where you’re headed anyway, so keep moving.
So if you’re in a precarious situation, in your home, work, or just life, know that the floor is always there, and you’re moving anyway.
Spread your arms and showgirl that transition.