During a recent trip to the Bahamas I had the surprise invitation to take the stage. What you may not know about me is that I love to sing. In fact, I have been a choir director several times over the years and I’m the official wedding singer for friends and family.
On this particular evening, I was enjoying the live music in the lounge at the Atlantis Resort. The gentleman crooner came over to me and my bestie and I complimented him on his nice falsetto.
My bestie laughed and said she didn’t even know what a falsetto was. The gentleman immediately picked up on the fact that I knew something about music and he asked me if I sang.
Do I sing? Of course I do!— I said in my head. “I sing…a little” is what came out of my mouth.
He then proceeded to ask me if I wanted to join him on his next set and sing a song!
What?? My heart started to pound a bit with nervous excitement. My sister-friend was egging me on—“Come on, Malaika! You sing ALL the time! You have to do this!
Then came the excuses…
I have a cold
My voice isn’t at it’s best
What am I going to sing?
What if I mess up?
At that moment and with my friend’s encouragement, I said Screw it! I’m in the Bahamas—nobody knows me anyway.
So, I did a little Youtube research.
I picked a song by a male artist because my voice was scratchy.
A few moments later, I was on stage, singing Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get it On.”
It was great to overcome the little bit of feat that tried to stop me from taking action.
But I always say face your fears because there is great reward on the other side.
So, my wellness warriors, don’t be afraid to take action and face your fears.
Click on this link for a great motivational video about hesitation and fear. You will also learn steps you can take to face your fears head-on. Stay on the path to achieving your goals!
Dr. Malaika “grabbing-fear-by-the-horns” Woods