In my previous post, Performance Anxiety: Understanding the Root of the Problem - Part One, I shared my perspective on the root cause of the problem and introduced the concepts of the "Voice Inside Your Head" (VIYH) as the problem and becoming the dispassionate observer or witness as the solution (read Part One to get up to speed). In Part Two, I will share some specific things you can do, techniques, if you will, to help you achieve a quiet mind and overcome performance anxiety. Here we go...
Stage fright, fear of public speaking, Glossophobia—whatever you choose to call it; it’s a very real problem. Research shows that fear of public speaking is the number one common phobia on the planet. We fear performing in front of an audience more than we fear dying. Three out of every four of us suffers from performance anxiety.
We all have these inspirational sources in our lives. They need not be celebrities. They only need our focused attention. They are our friends, family members, coworkers, pets, flowers, plants, trees, rivers, lakes, oceans, mountains and sky. They ebb and flow, rise and shine, move and groove or remain perfectly motionless so we can contemplate their beauty and pure essence.
Today I'd like to share 5 ways to calm your mind that have proven successful for me and many others. I find it beneficial to vary my routine to prevent getting bored, which can lead to lack of motivation. The key is to create time and space for these activities, however it may best integrate into your daily life.
Recently, I re-discovered something very significant about myself—something I hadn't even realized I'd lost. The impetus for my re-discovery was a forum I attended on Health Realization (based on the 3 Principles of Understanding) presented by Cindi Claypatch, Director of the Health Realization Training Center in Minneapolis, MN.