Have you ever had to do something that made you nervous? It could be a particular project or a conversation. You may be preparing to confront someone or go into a meeting you know will be uncomfortable. The thought of doing it gives you an anxious lump in your throat and butterflies in your stomach. As leaders, these situations are inevitable. Read on for four ways to calm your nerves and come out on top.
1. Pray and meditate. – Talking to God, reading His word and meditating daily are tools every leader should employ. The Lord gives us solace and restitution, when we become lost in our emotions. This is something best done first thing in the morning. If you aren’t making time for this, start waking up a half hour earlier. It will definitely make an impact.
2. Gain Perspective. – Humans have a tendency to make things bigger than they are. We make ourselves more important than we really are. We give gravity to situations that should be light. Step back and see where this “thing” ranks in your life. Keep it in perspective as it relates to your core values. Perhaps it really is a big thing, but if your right and you need to do this, perspective should give way to clarity.
3. Prepare. – One of the best things to calm nerves is preparation. Preparation builds confidence because it leads to competence. If you prepare the right way, the outcome takes care of itself. You won’t fear what you master.
4. Attack. – Don’t let your anxious feelings paralyze you. If you have something to do, attack it. Move into the “thing” with ferocious intent. You’ll find that you are capable of far more than you realize.
Most leaders who push themselves with stretch goals will face this situation. Utilize these techniques to get yourself or your team over the hump.