EXPAND YOUR COMFORT ZONE
Exposing yourself to “safe” stress can reduce your sensitivity to it. The next time you find yourself in a nerveracking situation, whether scaling a cliff or speaking up in a meeting, use this method to turn your fear into fuel
Step 1 Feel, Don’t Think Take stock of your physical sensations from head to toe, without attaching any meaning to them. Shallow breathing? Accelerated heart rate? Tense muscles? Check, check, check. Step 2 Reframe Your Responses Now remind yourself that these reactions can also be associated with a range of positive emotions, such as anticipation and excitement. Recall a time when you felt that way. Step 3 Get Pumped Up Instead of forcing yourself to calm down, harness your “arousal energy” and let it charge your performance. Scientists at Harvard found that this was the best way to outplay anxiety.