We have all, at one time or another, experienced a rush of adrenalin before some big moment in our lives —  a job interview, a presentation, a performance.  When it hits, we usually experience one of two feelings: anxiety or excitement.  Anxiety is the dread of what we fear might happen; excitement is the anticipation of what we hope might happen. 

It’s not the adrenalin itself that elicits the feeling — that’s just a jolt of energy.  What determines our experience is what we expect: failure or success.

When I played the piano professionally, before every concert I had that adrenalin rush.  If I had prepared to the point where I felt that the piece was a part of me, I felt excited, revved up for a great performance.  If I didn’t have a comfortable grasp of the piece, I was terrified of giving a bad performance.  Either way I felt, that’s usually what happened.

Have you ever noticed how many times an Academy Award winner will say in their speech “I’ve imagined this moment my whole life?”  That expectation didn’t magically hand them a golden statue, but it did determine the choices they made every day of their lives that eventually got them to that point. 

What are your dreams and expectations — whether it’s a quilt you want to design, or an improvement you want to make in your life?  Make the choices today that will prepare for them happen.  Then, when your adrenalin-rush moment happens, it will be a thrill you’ll always remember — with pleasure.