3 Tips For Beating Paralyzing Nervousness

Got a job interview coming up? Maybe a networking event? How about a big presentation? If you’ve got a bad case of the nerves, these things can seem like torture. So, how do you deal with it? Here are some tips for beating paralyzing nervousness:


1. Prep yourself or wreck yourself.

When you're prepared, you feel more confident in yourself and your abilities. And confidence kills nervousness! Make sure you prepare for whatever it is you're about to do - whether it's a job interview, a networking event, or a big presentation. Prepare, practice, perfect.

2. Attack your fear.

Don't let your fear control you - attack it head on! Instead of playing defense and waiting for nerves to hit you, play offense. You are capable and strong. Don't let nervousness own your actions or mindset. Nip it in the bud.

3. Trick yourself into getting excited.

Nervousness is just negative excitement. Turn your nervousness into a positive feeling. Whenever you start feeling nervous about something, trick yourself into thinking you're excited. Whenever I'm nervous, I say, "I'm so excited!" out loud. It helps me change my mindset so I can focus on the positive. Try it - it works!

4. Remember, you’ll get through it no matter what.

No matter what happens, you'll still be able to go home, take a hot bath, and snuggle up on the couch. It's going to be okay! Just remember that. Beating paralyzing nervousness might seem impossible, but if you use the tips above, you can conquer those nasty nerves!

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