When I teach kids about their feelings, they’re surprised to learn that one great feeling feels the same as a scary one, but it’s the name they give the feelings that makes the difference.
Adrenaline flowing through your body and into your brain causes your heart to race, your blood pressure to increase, your palms to sweat and your mouth to become dry. So, how do you know if it’s excitement or terror?
Only the situation and the interpretation you give to it tells you the truth. You can change the effect these feelings have on you by labeling them differently.
If you’re afraid of public speaking, focus on the jokes you’ll tell and how much fun it will be to watch the audience laugh. Excitement helps you to perform better. Just a different way of looking at things.
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