Speaking Of... Blog by Vivian Cobb
The Short Story -
It’s never too late to dream, and it’s never too late to start working on an old dream.
I can't even describe the joy it brings me to share my stories, and even more so when I get to do so with other amazing speakers. Such a beautiful night.
"You were outstanding tonight. You could have heard a pin drop during your talk. Everyone was glued to your story." -Robert Kittridge
"All of these lines across my face
Tell you the story of who I am
So many stories of where I've been
And how I got to where I am"
-Brandi Carlile, The Story
There are two ways I can look at my own life: I can either see it as a series of unfortunate events, or I can embrace that it has — and continues to be — full of rich experiences. Obviously, I have chosen the latter.
And every experience is a story to share.
How are you looking at your life, at your stories?
May 1 is coming and I am so excited! Once again, I get to compete in a Toastmasters competition — the next level of the International Speech Contest!
Now, if you know me even a little bit, you know how excited I get about competing. And yes, I do love winning, too! But let me talk to you about what winning actually means to me.
See this picture?
My arms are full of trophies, sure, and I loved earning them while practicing my passion. Yet, what they really represent to me is the work I have been putting in. I set a goal a handful of years ago, and I have been showing up every day to work on it.
While one of my top strengths is Competition*, and it truly is fun to compete against other amazing speakers, what I’m really doing is competing with myself to be better and better every time I step up on the stage.
Still, each actual win — each trophy — represents another chance for people to hear my message. A new level of competition means often a new audience, and sometimes even people from previous audiences who may be in a different place and can receive my message in a new way. What I dream of most of all is a life of continuing to inspire and motivate people to live and love and push through, whether through pain or onward to their own dreams.
And I am so thankful for every single person on this journey with me.
Life is always waiting just below the surface, ready to spring, and so are we!
So let's get ready for the next season. Let's open our hearts and ready our minds.
Are you actually living in your life or is it finally time to move in and make it yours?