Do you get them familiar feelings, the butterflies, sudden panic and the racing heart and Nauseous feelings.
With all the searching I have done to overcome my own fears and anxiety, I found this really useful guide that deals with overcoming your fears and phobias. You can see it Here if you are interested.
“Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs.”
What is Performance Fear?
Performance fear or performance anxiety takes on many different forms. However, it is associated with the need to perform accordingly whether in the workplace, an upcoming presentation, or for a sports activity. With the pressure to perform at one’s best, there is always this preconditioned negative mindset for the person suffering from performance fear that anything could go wrong that will eventually impact your performance and reduce it to failure.
Types of Performance Anxiety
There are various types of performance fears or anxiety, whether at the workplace, speech delivery, sports or sex. Therefore, the ways in which you deal with them must differ as well. Below are some basic methods suggested in order to minimize the level of fear associated with performing these different tasks and the level of anxiety that is entailed.
Speaking in Public
Many people have a fear of speaking in public. Could be a presentation at work, best mans speech or just making yourself heard. Much of that fear is produced by the pressure of having to deliver a flawless speech that is able to communicate the message to the audience effectively. Instead of letting that fear overtake you, be prepared and have a plan of action that will ensure you have control over the situation. I also found some really useful information Here that deals directly with fears and phobias on Public Speaking.
Here are tips you can apply:
• Carefully plan ahead your speech.
• Research the topic you are going to deliver a speech on, even if you are already an ‘expert’ in that field.
• Plan ahead the schedule and venue where the speech is going to be held.
• Practice, Practice, Practice…..
The best way to get rid of any performance fears when competing at a sports event is to take it easy on yourself. Even the world’s best sportsmen or women at the top of there game have their off days, where they do not perform at their best. When you engage in sports, you cannot expect to win all the time and you will find that you or your team lose on some occasions. Setting realistic goals is then the first step, whatever your sport. However, you can harness that adrenaline produced by your anxious feelings into energy that you can use to perform better. Whatever your sport, try to enjoy the experience and you will find the process of competition much more rewarding.
There are a number of stressful jobs that require high level of standards from their employees. You need to stop and talk about it, with either your boss, co-workers, friends or family members. Dealing with your fears alone or in isolation whilst confronting your fears could increase the fear or phobia making the situation worse. It is important to have the support of others.
There are many types of fear at work, from fear of losing their jobs, fear of being judged, fear of being disliked, fear of being embarrassed, fear of being ostracized, or fear of facing difficult challenges and fear of Injury.
Managing and Overcoming This Fear
You have to understand that you have the power to overcome your fear, especially when it determines how well you perform at something. Below is a list of steps that must be taken in order for you to overcome these fears:
• Try to identify the source of your phobia, what could trigger such fears?
• Once you have identified the source, look into yourself. How do you react to it and why do you react this way.
• Do not criticize yourself or question your ability to perform.
• Do not let fear consume you, be prepared to deal with your fears, phobias, whether at a sports or at the workplace.
• Once you have faced up to your fear, do not focus on areas of mistakes or failures. Instead, look at them as areas that you can learn from, so that you are better prepared and less fearful the next time.
Performance fears are in a class by themselves. In the Hundreds of thousands of years gone by, nature has evolved man into a highly resourceful being. But their are some areas nature never took into account for. The fear of asking for a hamburger and fries as an example. To overcome them, you have to go against some of your natural instincts to deal with your fears and Phobias!!
You will have to come out of your comfort zone, It can be done…..