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How to Turn Performance Anxiety into a Superpower

If its possible, before I give a talk I try to go and sit in a bathroom.

Hopefully I’m alone as I start with a few deep breaths and then meditate for a few minutes.
With my mind clear, I open my eyes and say, “I’m excited.”

Because even though I did a short meditation, public speaking, whether it’s 5 people or 500 does create a little bit of anxiety. It’s a very vulnerable state.  We’re opening ourselves up for criticism, ridicule, and possible embarrassment.


Do Affirmations Really Work?

One morning after teaching my Sunday meditation class a student came up and asked me if I thought affirmations worked.

I paused for a moment, and then asked her for a little more detail.  “Like what kind of affirmations?” I asked.   “What are you telling yourself?”

Her affirmation was that she was worth $1,000,000.

I asked her if she was worth $1,000,000?