I was watching a Simon Sinek video the other day (always a good investment of time) and he was commenting on the physical reaction to fear which goes something like:
- Heart rate increase
- Muscle readiness
- Perhaps some extra perspiration on the hands
- Quick breathing
What was interesting was that when you are excited, almost the exact same things happen. Think about waiting to get on a roller coaster (ok, that might be fear talking), or playing in a competitive game or walking on stage for a presentation or talking with a key potential customer. These things that are exciting solicit the same physical responses as fear.
So what if you were able to reprogram the mental response? Since your body will react the same, when you feel fear coming on recast it as excitement. Now the first time, your brain may not buy it. With repetition though, it will.
Next time you feel a little fear coming on (unless it is life and death) say out loud that you are feeling a little excited and see what a difference it can make.
For more Jedi mind trick, reach out to your local ActionCOACH.
Have a great weekend.
Steve Brock – ActionCOACH NC & CT