Voice. In. My. Head. Please. SHUT. UP!
Ever felt like you were being judged by everyone who looked at you? Did you want to scream at them, run away and hide or did you just stand there frozen as a statue?
Everyone has anxiety in one situation or another.
My issues left me unable to develop friendships, relationships, my career or my business for the first 25 years of my life. In fact, it got so bad, I thought about taking my own life.
Since coming out about my journey of overcoming this mental illness, I’ve discovered that many people who work in the tech industry feel anxiety in a number of everyday scenarios.
If you answer yes to one or more of the questions below, then I can help you.
Do you feel anxious when…
Applying for the job you really want?
Going to a networking event and “mingling”?
Asking for a raise or promotion?
Giving bad news to people you respect?
Speaking to a group of VIPs?
Eating in front of others?
Reaching out to strangers without first being introduced?
Presenting at a meetup group or conference?
Someone asks your opinion on a controversial topic?
Standing up to your friends and family?
Making a decision that goes against the crowd?
Being yourself in public or at work?
You Are Not Alone
Whether you have social anxiety or just become anxious in some situations, you are not alone. Many people report having an “inner dialogue” that tells them to walk the line, keep their mouth shut, don’t rock the boat, leave people alone and just “be grateful” for what they already have.
That inner voice is a defense mechanism that was programmed many years ago that kept you out of trouble in certain circumstances. However, for some of us, it is on “RED ALERT: DEFCON 1″ nearly 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
What we need is a way to reprogram our factory settings to include a range of options to choose from when presented with a situation where our anxiety would normally elicit a Fight, Flight or Freeze response.
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