Hi Isabella! This doesn’t have anything to do with your last blog post, but I think you often have a sound attitude to life and various situations. Would be interested to know how you handle nervousness. I’m going on a date this weekend and I would be ever so grateful for any advice, hints or tips, of how to calm the jitters.
Answer: How to tackle nervousness, good question. For a long period I didn’t think I got nervous, but then I realized that of course I did. I have just managed to use classical conditioning and associate that sensation in my body with something else. On a physical level, you can feel a knot forming in your stomach when you are getting nervous. I felt this when I opened the manuscript for the EY gala. The time before that was when I was supposed to talk in English at a press event in Zurich. And the time before that when Pingis and I were heading up on the stage in Brussels to accept an award. What I have learned about nervousness is to own the sensation. Instead of letting that knot grow and grow, making you more or less paralyzed and you struggle to think straight, I usually visualize that the knot in my stomach spreads all around my body and turns into adrenaline instead. That might sound far too simple, but it works for me. Mentally I’m thinking:
“When that nervous sensation arises, I know that my body and my brain are getting ready for a challenge and based on my previous experience, I will manage this just fine.”
Occasions when I have been nervous, 1 – Handing my book over to the daughter of the prime minister.
Occasions when I have been nervous, 2 – All the hundreds of lectures I have given. Two of the worst ones were in Globen, Stockholm and in English in Helsinki.
Occasions when I have been nervous, 3 – My first day at Lorange Institute of Business in Zurich
To summarize, let your jitters be a sensation that kick-start you into action, which tells you that this is your life and you are much better off enjoying everything, even when you leave your comfort zone. These moments are what makes you grow and develop as a human being!