May 20, 2014

Conquering My Fears In Front Of 1,500 People This Past Weekend

I have a bit of a secret to tell you, something that I have never admitted to in a public forum before.  I really don’t like public speaking.  I know, that’s crazy, right?!  How can someone who wants her own talk show and who loves the camera as much as I do, dislike something that seems so similar?  Well, it’s honestly something I have struggled with for a while.  I think a lot of it has to do with the fact that I am still stepping in to the “expert” role in a lot of ways when it comes to my brand.  When I speak to people one-on-one I feel like I can be really honest and opinionated but when I am expected to showcase my beliefs on a public platform, it freaks me out!  Although I reach millions with my talk show, it still feels so intimate for me because it is just a few people in the studio with me at a time versus thousands of people staring you in the face.  That’s a huge part of the reason why I created Bella Life with so many experts, so that I could showcase how amazing other people are but not really put the attention on myself.  Have you ever noticed that you do that too?  Well, it’s time to stop and the universe will give you reasons to cut it out whether you think you are ready or not.  Trust me.

 This past weekend I spoke to an audience of 1,500 people at the Institute of Integrative Nutrition’s live conference at Lincoln Center.  That’s me on stage!  It was an incredible honor to speak to that particular group of people, to be aligned with such an outstanding Institute like IIN and to be viewed as a leader in the wellness industry.  There was only one small problem.  I was TERRIFIED.  For weeks leading up to the event, I couldn’t sleep, I had anxiety, I was in a constant panic about it and kept trying to calm myself down which wasn’t working.  It wasn’t because I wasn’t prepared either, because I was.  I did my research, I spent time really figuring out what I wanted to communicate during the 25 minutes I was given and I asked my friends who were great public speakers to chime in and help me refine my points.  I was honestly just terrified because I didn’t see myself as an expert!

Not only that, but they wanted me to speak about how I created my business and all I could think was, I am still creating this business – are you sure you have the right person?!  They were sure.  I asked them.  The thing is, I can honestly say that I was the best version of myself on that stage.  Although I was totally scared, there came a point during the Friday before the event that I realized no amount of panic was going to make this experience more enjoyable or go any better, so why not just LET GO.  So I did.  Instead of being home to practice, practice, practice like I had planned, I spent the entire day laughing and having a blast with my Mom.  I was still nervous but there was a deep place within me that had just let it all go and I decided to trust that I was meant to be on that stage for a big reason, that I deserved to be there, and that whenever I followed my truth and believed in myself, things always turned out great.  Well, this time was no different.  So if you’re scared to step in to the big dreams that you have for yourself, just know that the universe is WAITING for you.  We can’t wait to see you shine and blossom, and we are in need of your truth.  Even those things that you think there is no way you could ever do, you can and you were meant to.  Just remember to be kind to yourself along the way and as my grandfather always said “start by starting”.  Consistent steps in the right direction will create movement and momentum in your life like you could have never even imagined.

Love you lots Beauties!  If you didn’t see my posts on Instagram + Facebook recently about some really awesome announcements be sure to join me over there so we can stay connected.  Have a gorgeous rest of your week! xo

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  • Laura

    Hi Nitika, I just got on your website today for the first time because I was one of those 1,500 sitting in the audience over the weekend and, while every single speaker was amazing, you had an energy, realness and confidence that made you, and your words, magnetic. Reading this post makes me you respect and admire you even more. I truly found you to be one of the most inspirational speakers not only of the weekend, but that I have been blessed to listen to over my 26 years. If anyone needs a boost of confidence and encouragement to just let go and do it, and success will follow, you are living proof. You have really inspired me to just “start by starting.” THANK YOU!!

    • Nitika Chopra

      Laura thank you so much for your thoughtful comment! I totally treasure your words and am so grateful that the talk came across just as I wished it would!! I am also super excited that you found your way to Bella Life and am looking forward to connecting with you more and more!! Lots of love xo

  • Ericka P

    Hi, Nitika! I loved your talk! You were so talking to me – the overwhelm creeps in for me and what you shared was awesome. Did you happen to have any notes from your talk because I didn’t see a powerpoint on the IIN dashboard. I was just listening so intently on the stream and didn’t take any notes! So notes your can provide of your big points would be great. =)

    • Nitika Chopra

      Hi Ericka! Thank you so much – I am so happy that the talk resonated with you!! I don’t really have notes unfortunately. I do everything fully from my heart and in the moment, which is why there was no powerpoint presentation either 😉 Do they give you the chance to watch it over again? A few things I focused on was listening to your seed of purpose instead of your story, not doing something if it feels restrictive – only if it feels expansive, being the career you want in the future right now + not beating yourself up with your purpose. I hope that’s helpful! Lots of love Beauty xo

  • Annalicia Lynn

    Thank you for your authenticity and vulnerability, Nitika! It’s really inspiring to see a woman of such radiance and impact be so open about her journey. Much love (+ gratitude), Annalicia

    • Nitika Chopra

      You are SO welcome Annalicia – thank you for your comment and kind words. Your support means the world to me! xx

  • Kat

    Nitika, You were amazing! All the speakers at the IIN conference were wonderful but you were one of my favorites. To be honest, I’ve never heard about you before the conference, but your energy, glowing confidence and inspiring determination grabbed my attention and inspired my journey. Thank you so much for your message, for your courage, for your honesty and for being the so inspiring you that you are! Much love.

    • Nitika Chopra

      Kat! So thrilled you found me here and that my talk resonated with you – that is AMAZING to hear!! I can’t wait to connect with you more and grateful that IIN brought us together 😉 Lots of love!! xo

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