Do you sing in the shower? in your car? in your kitchen?
I am not a good singer and have stayed mute for years. The first time I did karoake (just two years ago) was a Big Deal. To get up in front of people, and sing into a real microphone (not my hairbrush) was a leap in confidence.
I will never be paid to sing (or even asked to sing for free), but singing out loud did not kill me, nor anyone within earshot. It did give me a huge benefit. Freedom.
Freedom of expression is a right we tout in America, yet we are pretty good at squashing what we really want to say or do. We hold back. We get along. We follow status quo.
Getting up on stage was a risk for me. Yet no one was armed with tomatoes, no one was standing off stage with a Gong Show hook, and there was no trap door or eject button. The only thing at risk was my pride.
Not only did my pride survive intact, I realized that stepping out of my comfort zone and expressing in a new way was fun and empowering. It led to increased confidence in all areas of my life.
After my duet with my husband, my daughter-in-law got the courage to get up and sing with me as her backup. Karaoke is about expressing and having fun. Shouldn’t that also be said of life?
In what ways are you not expressing yourself? Have you been messing around with writing a book, but not really making progress? What is really holding you back?
Your assignment this weekend has nothing to do with writing. You are going to sing. Out loud. Whether you care for your own singing voice or not does not matter. You are going to self express.
In your car, sing along with the radio, even if you have a passenger. Pushing your cart down the grocery store aisle, hum your favorite song and let a line or two escape from your lips. When you are chopping up veggies on your kitchen counter, sing a little ditty. In the shower, really belt it out.
This small exercise will increase your confidence to express in other ways. You will realize that the earth does not open up and swallow you when you sing, or when you say what you want to say. Singing can actually lead to book writing. I kid you not. One small step of power leads to the next. You will be amazed at what may come.
The first person who reports back to me on this experiment gets a FREE Power Hour strategy session. Now isn’t that rewarding? It’s like getting paid to sing.
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