Eileen McCann, BizzBuzzTV

I’m not too familiar with champagne. The last time I drank it was with my family over the summer, my Aunt and Uncle were renewing their wedding vows on the beach and we had a few bottles on ice. After expressing how the act of opening champagne terrified me, my family insisted that I be the one to pop the bottle. It went terribly. Instead of grabbing the bull (or bottle) by the horns and approaching the situation with confidence, I sheepishly held the bottle as if it were a stick of dynamite. Pointing it away from my face, I thumbed the cork so hesitantly that you would have thought I was detonating a nuclear device. The cork popped, if you could even call it that. It kind of just fell out, and I watched as my family’s excited expressions turned to those of disappointment.

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Sure, we still poured the champagne, raised our classes in a toast and had a wonderful evening, but I took this failure to heart. I’m no perfectionist, but I like to do things well, I like to succeed, and maybe I like to show off from time to time. Who doesn’t? So this little champagne incident was something I considered a legitimate failure.

It wasn’t the outcome that disappointed me, but rather my attitude when faced with the challenge. I doubted myself from the start, and thus made success unattainable. This time it was just champagne, but who’s to say what else my attitude can keep me from accomplishing in the future. There’s a lesson to be learned in all of this; fake it ‘til you make it. This is sound advice to keep in mind with nearly everything life throws at you. Success is 50% attitude, 50% action. The first step in accomplishing anything is telling yourself that you will. If you approach the challenge believing that you’re going to succeed, you’re much more likely to make that belief a reality.

Just a little something to keep in mind as life continues to throw you challenges. Champagne bottles, public speaking, boiling an egg…whatever it may be that falls outside you’re comfort zone can all be conquered with a little confidence.

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Footnote: If you happen to be someone that is good at popping bottles of champagne, and you’d like to step up your game and start sabering bottles (that’s when you literally take a saber and slice the top of the bottle off), there’s a great step-by-step post on how to do so entitled, Sabering 101- Channeling Napoleon courtesy of Henri’s Reserve.