“(the wings) the sides of a theatre stage out of view of the audience.”
Oxford Dictionary of English.
Standing in the wings, possibly waiting for our cue to move on stage, enter the scene and perform our part, can be a nerve-racking experience. Will we recall our lines? How will the audience react?
No doubt these and other thoughts will be flying through our mind as the tension builds.
And yet, if we think back to previous occasions in which we stepped successfully into the spotlight, though the fears may have been the same as now we still managed to achieve desired results.
Why we focus on what could go wrong as we stand in the wings can be passed off as ‘being human’. More likely it is a habit we picked up from others. Through such behaviour they are perhaps implying that believing in ourselves, giving our all and unleashing our potential in all we do is somehow wrong.
And if we have taken on board such thinking, it can indeed make time in the wings uncomfortable. If these limiting beliefs do not serve us well, we can of course choose to let go of them.
Trusting our preparation, however, does not mean we should be either arrogant or cocky about our eventual undertaking. Certainly a measure of apprehension keeps us focused. But we do not need to waste energy worrying for the sake of worrying, whether in the wings or elsewhere for that matter.
Thanks for connecting here today, maybe whilst in the wings awaiting to perform centre stage.
Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer and CTI-trained co-active coach, supplies professional and personal development through coaching, coaching workshops, marketing development training and English language training.
As an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, Brian teaches a postgraduate course based on dramatic texts and elements of coaching to examine various work-related performance matters.
Personal performance potential at work (2014), Coaching, performing and thinking at work (2013), Reflections on performance at work (2012), Elements of theatre at work (2010) and Training through drama for work (2009).