I teach a great class. I've been told that I am a really good teacher. My cues are on target, my workouts are thorough and good and do what they say they do, if you do what I say to do.
And yet, put a camera on me and I freeze up. Immediately. I stop talking, stop instructing. The workout is the same, but the instruction is not. I have all these word's in my head that sound so eloquent when put together in my mind, yet when I sit down to write them, the words just disappear. I think about what other's are going to think. I am afraid that no one will like it. I fear that no one will view my video's on YouTube.
My fear has been holding me back and I decided to do something about it.
I am slowly getting there by using the following techniques.
1. ERASE AND REPLACE: STOP THINKING ABOUT WHAT CAN GO WRONG, THINK ABOUT WHAT CAN GO RIGHT.
Fear and anxiety can feel as if they 'just happen to us', but we have much more control than we realize. Fear can often be defined as: False Evidence Appearing Real. See the fear in your mind and literally ERASE it and REPLACE IT with the outcome you desire.
2. Use the AWARE technique to CONTROL how you feel
A: Accept the fear. Don't try to fight it. Ask the question "Is this fear valid?" Trying to run away from the fear can often just mask it. When you accept if and face it head on, you have more POWER OVER IT!
W: Watch the anxiety. Just watch it and when you notice it, scale your level of fear and again ask the question is this fear valid and if it is, what can I do about it?
A: 'Act normally'. Don't let the fear overwhelm you. ACT AS IF! Carry on talking or behaving as if nothing is different. This sends a powerful signal to your unconscious mind that its over-dramatic response is actually not needed because nothing that unusual is going on.
R: Repeat the above steps in your mind if necessary.
E: Expect the best.
3. What others think of you is none of your business
Focus on doing your best rather than what others think.
4. Do not fear failure
Every experience is a learning experience. Learn from it, ask questions, make changes and move on!
5. “Whether you think you can, or think you can’t—you’re right." -- Henry Ford
6. JUST DO IT!
The only way to not be afraid of something it to just do it. Write your blog, record your video, do it all to the best of ability.