It is such a great day to celebrate: the last day of a month and the first day of a week; the newest day in the rest of our lives; the 2-month mark of my member as a Toastmasters.
Before I joined Toastmasters this June, I had heard a lot about it. People join Toastmasters for various reasons. People walk their path along Toastmasters at their own pace. People demonstrate tremendous confidence knowing their status as a Toastmasters. However, nothing was motivated enough to help me take that step, until I felt the need – a platform to build up my confidence to speak in public, a classroom to practice and practice more of my speaking skills, a place to motivate me to listen more, read more and know more. At least, it made me feel accomplished that I’ve attained one of my goal this year, becoming a member of Toastmasters.
In the past two months, I did 5 speeches and received valuable feedback and evaluations every time. The safe learning environment, the diversified themes and topics, the various formats from scheduled speech to think/speak-on-your-feet Table Topics, there are so many more to explore. However, I didn’t know about them until I became one of them.
Now I am a gung-ho member of my club, as the President said. I made it a goal to finish my first level by the end of this year. As I picture myself there, I feel more reasons to stay on my path than the excuses not to go for it.
Have you read something like this,
- “If you don’t start somewhere, you will never get anywhere.” – Bob Marley
- “The secret to getting ahead is getting started.” – Mark Twain
- “The one thing all famous authors, world class athletes, business tycoons, singers, actors, and celebrated achievers in any field have in common is that they all began their journeys when they were none of these things.” – Mike Dooley
Past or present, what has been cherished is the first step onto something leading to somewhere. So start your day and your week to do something, marking the start onto somewhere. Nothing can be guaranteed, but the harvest of your own words.
To your success.