I can still recall the first time I saw The Sound of Music. My dad took me to see it at our local movie theater. I’ll never forget melting away into the music and story. I wanted to be Julie Andrews.
The next day I hopped over our back fence to the muddy hills behind our house. In the rain and cold, I recreated the stunning opening scene of Maria twirling around singing “The hills are alive…” only to get my little boots so firmly stuck in the mud that I had to pull my feet out then use both hands to yank my boots free. I climbed back over the fence in my socks, carrying my mud-caked boots along with my disappointment-caked ego.
I’ve thought about that muddy moment for many years. How many times I’ve wanted to BE someone else. Have someone else’s looks, talent, opportunities, family, possessions. Only to realize that I bring something special to the world just as I am.
Over the years, after saying YES to MANY speaking opportunities and taking one painful step or courage after another, I came to believe I had something of value to share. I finally realized that what I share doesn’t have to be anything novel or earth-shattering. After all, many thousands of people have spoken and written on confidence. All I needed to do was package it up along with ME. How I deliver the concept and message will be unique because there is only one ME. Embracing the uniqueness of what I bring to the table of life is what will make my message special to anyone who hears it. This is true for every person on earth.
In my confidence-focused keynote presentation, I refer to what I refer to as the ‘Confidence in Me!’song Maria sings as the Sound of Music story unfolds. But there is another song that ties in with confidence. It’s the song Edelweiss, about a beautiful white flower that grows in the highest mountainous regions of the Alps. The flower is associated with, you guessed it, courage! Along with bravery, love, strength, and toughness.
When I think of the words to that song, “Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning you greet me,’ I am reminded, once again, that we hold the key to our confidence. We have the choice every moment to allow our confidence to help us weather difficult moments, enjoy successes, and be ever-present in our lives. When you are feeling you need a boost in confidence, why not listen to this beautiful simple song written by Rogers and Hammerstein, performed here by Christopher Plumber as Captain Von Trapp.