Whether you perform in an arena in front of millions, or stand at the front of the boardroom to lead a meeting, performance anxiety can takes its toll on your performance. It can be challenging to have to deal with the stresses and anxieties before an upcoming event. As a result, here are 7 tips on how to overcome performance anxiety.
1. Establish Goals. Many professionals get fearful when they know that they will have to perform. To prevent your fears from taking over, you should write down a list of reasons of why your doing a particular performance. Having a sense of purpose and focusing on your goals can be used as motivation in overcoming your fears and anxieties before doing a performance.
2.Use Self-Visualization. Many professionals get nervous the day before a particular event. When this happens, visualize yourself doing the event in your mind. For instance, you have to do a live show in front of a large group of people in the next few days. Before the big day comes, imagine yourself doing the event in your mind. By doing this, you will be better prepared when the time comes. Self-Visualization is a great way to reduce the fear and stress of an upcoming performance.
3. Focus on Something Positive. Another technique that is very helpful is to have a small notebook of positive statements that makes you feel good. Whenever you come across an affirmation that makes you feel good, write it down in a small notebook that you can carry around with you in your pocket. Whenever you feel anxious, open up your small notebook and read those statements before your performance.
4. Calm Your Mind. Sometimes we get stressed out right before the big event. When this happens, a person should take a deep breath and try to find something to do for a few minutes to get their mind off of the problem. A person could get some fresh air, listen to some music, or do an activity that will give them a fresh perspective on things. This will help relieve some of your nerves.
5. Don’t Predict The Future. Remember that it is impossible to predict the future with 100% accuracy. For instance, you miss the deadline for a project you have been working on for the last few months. Everything you feared is coming true. Suddenly, your manager tells you that the deadline is extended and that he forgot to tell you the day before. This unknown factor changes everything. Don’t let the fear of what might happen get the best of you.
6. Evaluate Your Performance. It is important to learn what works and what doesn’t work when giving a performance. For instance, you have a lot of anxiety and you decide to take a walk to help you feel better right before your event. The next time you feel anxious you can remind yourself that you got through it the last time by taking a walk. This will give you the confidence to manage your anxiety the next time around. Always evaluate each of your performances to find out how you can do better the next time around.
7. Get Some Help. Take advantage of the help that is available around you. If possible, talk to a professional who can help you manage your fears and anxieties. They will be able to provide you with additional advice and insights on how to deal with your current problem. By talking to a professional, a person will be helping themselves in the long run because they will become better able to deal with their problems in the future.
Stan Popovich is the author of “A Layman’s Guide to Managing Fear Using Psychology, Christianity and Non Resistant Methods”. Stan’s book is very popular with over 300 book reviews and counting. For additional information go to: http://www.managingfear.com/