I’ve always been the nervous type, which makes it difficult to deal with those stressful situations like job interviews and public speaking.
You know that nervous feeling where your brain says “it’s OK, relax, everything will work out fine,” and your body still tenses up, muscles knot up, palms sweat, eyes twitch, and feet shuffle?
I’ve found that if I can “get on top of it,” meaning don’t try to relax at that moment, you know your body can’t, go ahead and tell yourself it’s OK to be nervous. Make it work for you! Fuel your excitement with the adrenalin of the moment, let it flush your body with enthusiasm for the job at hand, interview, speech, whatever you’re doing, by accepting the nervousness of the moment. Let yourself be excited about it, instead of nervous, so that rush of excitement will propel you forward.
The surfer analogy works here…ride the wave of nerves by getting excited about whatever you’re doing, and don’t try to relax.
Focus on what you’re doing, and let your heart race and palms sweat. Like a good surfer with your feet firmly planted on your board, ride the wave all the way to the beach, all the while reaching out for your goals and keeping your balance.
Ride the wave and don’t let those nerves crush your moment of glory. You can do it. Train your brain.