Caira Lee shares some powerful tools for handling strong anxiety and self-doubt.
I’m really proud of this interview.
Yes, it’s packed with practical tools and inspiration for tackling deep self-doubt, but that’s not why I’m proud of it.
After watching Caira’s TEDx talk on the power of self-love, I felt compelled to contact her and invite her for a talk.
There was only one problem.
I highly doubted that she’d want to talk with me.
My podcast isn’t professional enough, I thought. It needs to be more exciting and better produced for her to be interested. With a TED talk like that, her life must be overflowing with interviews and speaking gigs. Why would she want to talk with me?
But there was something in me, telling me to write to her anyway.
So I began writing the email and felt really daring for doing so. It took me over 2 hours to write that thing; checking it and rewording it and checking it again.
But then I asked myself, what’s the worst that could happen? What’s the worst thing that will happen if I send this email to her?
She probably won’t reply, I thought.
Well, if that’s the worst that can happen I’m sending this email!
Then, with a sense of brazenness, I hovered over the ’SEND’ button. I could still feel a lingering sense of doubt inside me but I just clicked the button. The email was sent and I gave myself a giant high-five.
As it turned out, Caira replied the very next day and said she’d love to have a talk. I remember not being able to control the muscles in my face as they formed, what felt like, a permanent smile.
Caira Lee is a national award winning performance poet and author, originally from Maryland, USA, now living in Ghana, Africa.
She has worked her way through deep depression and anxiety and has a strong understanding of what it means to love yourself.
You don’t want to miss this episode.
Join us as we share the strongest fears and doubts that have prevented us from taking compassionate action for ourselves, and the things we did to come through them.