By Taylor Kay Stephens
My dance partner and I had the honor of being asked to do a solo, Argentine Tango performance on stage for a big Tango show. Other than dancing in front of a few people a couple of times before, I had no experience with performing. This was a live performance in front of 300 people, a dream come true and I was very excited. We both had worked very hard putting a routine together and I had made the extra effort of practicing at home by myself. I had also rehearsed mentally and visualized countless times performing a perfect routine in front of a packed house.
It was the night of our only rehearsal before the big show and I was ready to go with confidence. I had mapped out the easiest and best route to the theatre so I would know exactly where it was located. I gave myself enough driving time to arrive early enough to look over the stage, check out the dance floor and seating for the audience.
As it turned out, the route I had chosen was not the best or quickest way – in fact it turned out to be just the opposite. Halfway there, the big, four-lane, 50 MPH road had construction everywhere and became two narrow lanes! I was now forced to creep along at 8 MPH behind a long line of cars.
With only 10 minutes before starting time, I was lost and frustrated because I couldn’t find the theatre even with my dance partner guiding me on the cell phone. Finally with two minutes to spare, I arrived and was relieved – until I was told to get my shoes on because we were about to go on stage! The producers of this show had never seen us perform so it was important that we dance well. Ha! No pressure here! Waiting to step on the stage, I told myself, “This is just another practice session and you’ve been on that stage many times before.”
Walking off stage, I was doing the happy dance – our routine was a success and went just as we had practiced. With a big sigh of relief, I was high-fiving myself and thinking, “I’m so glad I worked my tail off because if I hadn’t, I would’ve been so rattled and nervous and not danced well at all.” Once again, I realized how important preparation and hard work are to success!
Taylor Kay Stephens, speaker, author and transformational life coach, is no stranger to tragedy, adversity and obstacles. She teaches people how to get out of overwhelm, change their bad habits and stop self-defeating behaviors. What makes Taylor different? She challenges the status quo and thinks outside the box. She’s developed her own easy, practical techniques and systems so simple a child can do them. You may contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org and discover more at TaylorKayStephens.com.