That wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be

I did my FIRST Facebook Live session today. It wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be.

I know. It’s not exactly earth shattering news. People host Facebook Live sessions all the time. It’s a big deal to me though for a few reasons.

I don’t like to be on video

I’m slowly getting used to video, but if I can avoid it I will. I work remotely and am often on a Teams call or a Zoom call. Occasionally, I’ll turn on my video but not usually without first planning for it. Being on video means I need to attempt to sit still (sitting still is damn near impossible for me), leave my hair alone (why do my bangs always do funky things when I’m on camera??), and not fiddle with my camera looking for the best angle (yes, I’m that vain).

Writing feels safer than speaking

I’ve always felt that way about writing. Writing means: I can take as much time as I want to figure out what I want to say, I can organize my thoughts into a relatively coherent flow, and I can make sure that what I’m saying makes sense.

Speaking feels more vulnerable than writing

Maybe it’s an introvert thing – for me, speaking is sometimes hard. If put on the spot, I sometimes “clam up” or find myself struggling to find the words. I realize that I could’ve scripted and practiced what I wanted to say before doing the Facebook Live, but I deliberately chose not to do that. I didn’t want it to feel scripted. I wanted to show up as me, share a few thoughts, and allow myself to fumble. And that’s exactly what I did.

As it turns out, doing a Facebook Live wasn’t as hard as I thought it would be. The hardest part was getting past the fear and just doing it. That’s the case with most things we think will be hard – the fear.

If you’re avoiding something because you’re afraid or think it’s too hard, my advice is to just do it already. Chances are it won’t be as scary or as hard as you think.

Have you ever done something that you thought would be hard only to learn it wasn’t as hard as you thought? If so, let me know in the comments below!

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