For those of us
who are extroverts, artists, expressers, showmen and entertainers, breaking
free of the constant pressure to perform can be difficult.
Because in many
cases, our love and need for the stage is attached to a number of profound
fears. Reflecting on my own personality and experience as a performer, here are
a few that come to mind. See if any apply to you.
We fear that if we’re not
spectacular, we’re not safe in this world. That’s why we hide behind the protective
screen of entertainment. Using humor to mask our real feelings.
We fear that if
we don’t do all these magic tricks, people won’t notice how special we are.
That’s why we perform things instead of simply doing them. Because mediocrity
is an option.
We fear that if we don’t constantly put on a show, we’ll never
gain the recognition we believe we deserve. That’s why we put so much pressure
on ourselves to put our best foot forward. Because god forbid we connect
with others through our downbeat feelings.
We fear that if we don’t get
applause, we won’t feel fully alive. That’s we rely on an audience in the outer
world to bolster our confidence. Without their admiration, we’re just the tree
in the forest nobody hears.
We fear that if nobody finds us interesting or
entertaining, we will disappear into the crowd. That’s why we do whatever it
takes to stand out and make our mark on the world. Because independence and
originality are our primary vehicles for mattering.
This is not to
say the show has to stop. Performers serve a meaningful function in society.
Those of us born with the talent to inspire and motivate and mesmerize others
through our creative expressions have a responsibility to use those gifts in
the service of the others.
The balance is consciously developing our ability to
reign it in. To contend with the fears attached to our love for and need for
Shakespeare may have been right that all the world’s a stage,
but doesn’t mean we have to stand on it all the time.
LET ME ASK YA THIS…
Are you secure enough in your own inner structure to stop performing?
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