Trick your brain into calm
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Remind yourself how awesome you are with affirmations. Write down affirmations that remind you of your capabilities and strengths and keep them somewhere you can find them if nerves strike.
Another suggestion is to keep a file of praise, awards, and other evidence of how good you are at your job an read them when you are struggling with a confidence crisis.
If you’ve got a mentor or someone who’s just really good at helping you calm down and focus, reach out.
Take a moment to really analyze what you’re feeling and strategize for that.
Can you reframe negative feelings, like fear, into something more positive, like anticipation? If not, remind yourself that it’s perfectly normal to be nervous before a high-stakes situation.
Recognizing and accepting the fact you're being nervous before an important presentation will help you more than trying to fight those anxious feelings. Resistance creates even more angst.
Once you do this, you can slowly shift perspective and try to reframe the situation in a way that favors you.
It happens when you feel restless and stuck, and you have a sense of vague fear which leads to unproductiveness. It is an existential feeling that is hard to articulate. A constant sense of 'fight or flight' running inside your mind. To tackle this problem:
1. Listen to the gremlin. Then talk back. Make a note the next time you hear it, exactly the phrases that the gremlin says to you. Then when you're in a calm, non emotionally-charged moment, consider what you rationally believe to be true and come up with counter-statements. An example could be, "You're not technically good enough on this topic." Your response could be, "I'm not trying to be a technical expert, my place is as a strong generalist focusing on business application."
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