I hate it when nerves get in my way. Either in a test or race or basketball game, they can make me question my own ability to do well. But I'm sure I'm not the only one. In some extreme cases, athletes will get physically ill because they are nervous before a big game. This can be so incredibly frustrating because when all is said and done I will look back on the event and think, "I could've done better, played better, ran harder, done more." Which brings me to the question: do nerves really prevent us from reaching our greatest potential?
"Today I want to offer some tips to help deal with nervousness. Notice that I didn't say "overcome" nervousness? That is because I believe that there is nothing that will make you instantly calm while speaking in public except of course, for horse tranquilizers. The secret to achieving true calm, without drugs, is in practice. So I'd like to share some tips that will make you appear calm while you are working at expanding your comfort zone. First of all, the very best way to deal with nervousness is to practice... And try to put the whole thing into perceptive. What's there to be afraid of anyway? Does the state of world peace hang on the result of this one presentation? Are small children going die as a result? Will it even be something that you remember in five years time?"
Tips for Dealing with Nervousness