Long time ago I went to Toastmasters regularly.
No matter who you are, what you want out of life, or where you’re going, becoming comfortable speaking in front of others is a very, very powerful way to clear out a lot of cobwebs in your brain.
I saw this movie called “Dodgeball,” which was a pretty goofy comedy about a dodgeball tournament. As it was based on a standarch archetype, you had this team of misfits who had to work together to become champions to beat the evil owner of the gym across the street.
So they hired an old “dodgeball” guru, who would teach them the ancient secrets of the game.
They showed up, and he started throwing wrenches at them. Big, heavy, metal wrenches.
His theory was that “if you can dodge a wrench, you can dodge a ball.”
Public speaking is the same way. If you can get up and talk in front of others, it will give you the self confidence to do a LOT other stuff.
Anyhow, this one night I was giving a speech on fear. Now, when you give a speech, they say it’s a good idea to start off with a bang. One it will get the audience’s attention. Two it will blast away all trepidation from your brain.
So that’s what I did. I calmly walked up to the podium, looked down at my notes, looked up like I was preparing to make an opening statement, but then I screamed my lungs out.
It was pretty fricking funny!
In economics they have this saying, “the cure for high prices is high prices. The cure for low prices is low prices.”
Meaning if something is really expensive, a lot of people that can make that “something” will figure they can make some easy cash, so more people make it, and it gets cheaper, since there’s more of it.
If prices are super low, more people buy it, which drives up demand, which drives up prices.
You can say the solution to fear is the fear itself.
If you spend your life running away from what you fear, it will always be right around the corner.
But if you walk smack dab into the middle of what you fear, it will vanish.
When I gave that speech, I was REALLY nervous before, but as soon as I let loose that howl, it was pretty fun. Everybody was laughing, including me.
Take that, fear!
Of course, if you want to walk across the room to talk to somebody, or ask your boss for a raise, screaming your lungs out might not be a good idea.
But there ARE plenty of tricks to outwit fear and get rid of that imaginary monster for good.