Nervous vs. Excited

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“Palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy…” You’ve likely heard these famous words from the iconic rap artist, Eminem, in his hip-hop single “Lose Yourself.” How many of you can relate to this same situation? When you’re about to hit the stage and present in front of hundreds or even thousands of people. Or you’re walking to the starting line in a 100-meter dash and going up against the fastest athlete in your district. Or when you sit down to take your final exam that will determine if you will need to repeat the same course next semester. If you’ve ever felt this sense of nervousness, join the millions of people who have felt the exact same way. What sets people apart from success versus perceived failure? It’s excitement.

If you think about it, you get the same reaction when you are excited versus when you are nervous. Your palms may also get sweaty when right before doing a public speech, I know mine do. It’s all about perception. When you change the narrative, your body begins to act in a state of arousal and starts sending positive vibes. You seem more energized because now you are eager for the task ahead of you.

Harvard Business School psychologist Alison Wood Brooks did a study about this where her volunteers performed terrifying tasks such as singing karaoke, public speaking, and math. The conclusion was that when they flipped the script to excitement, their performance improved.

That dream that you may have, the hobby that you’ve always wanted to start, that skill you’ve wanted to learn, but didn’t move forward because of your fear or your nervousness of the repercussions of what may happen if you do start. Switch the narrative to excitement, and when you work on that dream day in and day out, you’ll see tremendous results from your efforts.


Rommel Cabal

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Rommel is an expert at being LIT. He believes that anyone can achieve mastery using the principles of Learning, Implementing, and Teaching. His goal is to empower and teach people to focus on the skills that they already have, and adapt them in a different way to start businesses of their own.