Ben Andrews

Conquer Stage Fright

Mark Schulman, drummer for P!nk, published an article about how to conquer stage fright. 

A double-negative goal (“I don’t want to be criticized”) can be overcome by setting a single positive goal (“I want to confidently express my opinion”). Reframing what we do not want into a single positive goal puts us in a proactive state, inspires communication, productivity, community, passion and free thought processes. This allows us to be free to solve problems and create solutions… Additionally, we know the chemicals the human body produces for fear and excitement are nearly the same. Therefore, what makes us excited can also trigger fear or anxiety, especially when we associate them with a double negative goal. By shifting to single positive goals, we can use that energy to overcome fears – and to find inspiration and creativity to succeed.

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