I have grown up in the kitchen, cooking for others and events. But I don’t usually go to others people homes to cook.
That is, before I answered an ad to work as a personal chef for a local family.
Now I don’t have a formal culinary certificate or schooling behind me, just good old-fashioned, learn-it-yourself in the kitchen skills. Lots of reading, lots of practice, lots of fun!
When I was called and asked to come on a trial basis, I was excited and nervous.
Before I knew it, my nervousness was exceeding my excitement. Maybe you can relate to some of the fears I had:
What if they don’t like it?
What if it wasn’t what they expect or want? What if I mess up?
Well, I arrived at my clients home and in a sentence: It went just peachy. They even like my cooking. Amazing.
I learned a few good lessons from the experience.
1. Focus on the things I am able to influence.
I am comfortable in kitchens, with food and with people. I can stumble and orient myself around just about anyone’s kitchen. I know my recipes. I knew what I was making; had reviewed the recipe several times and pre-made it at home just to make sure it would turn out how I wanted it too!
I knew a little about my clients which made conversation easier and fun. I love working with food and I was in my “element” as I worked in their kitchen.
I knew what I needed to know in order to make the evening as “successful” as I possibly could.
2. Don’t worry about the things I can’t control- such as the outcome and other people’s reactions.
The fact is I can’t control whether or not people like the food I prepare. I can do my best to discover their likes and dislikes, meals they normally enjoy and how they like their food prepared, but the end result is not in my hands.
If they enjoy my product- hooray for all of us! And if they do not? That’s o.k. too. Life is all about lessons learned, moving forward and using what we have learned to grow and expand our skills.
Are there fears holding you back from starting something new?
If they are fears about your skill level, ability to do a specific job or activity…you may not know how good or bad you are until you jump in and “just do it!”
If you are worried about the reactions of other people- STOP! You can’t control others reactions, so stop trying. Instead, go for it!
Fill out the job application. Sign up for the class. Call a potential client. Pull out the canvas and paints! Make the gifts this year. Make the pie crust from scratch. Design your own stationary line. Roast your own turkey! Paint the walls red!
Drop me a note and tell me about the “new thing” you did! Contact me anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org