You want me to do what?
No way, not me. You want anyone but me.
I’m not ready to give a presentation, write a book, or start a business.
Does this sound familiar?
It may not your boss asking you to do something, it could be your own heart moving you—which is often much scarier.
So how do you respond when you are a freaked out, stressed out, resistance-filled mess?
1. Take a deep breath. Seriously—just breathe. You’ll make it through this, I promise. The voices in your head will tell you terrible things. Ignore them and move forward.
2. Have faith. You were chosen for a reason. You have talents and abilities which are obvious to others but might not be clear to yourself. Don’t believe me? Try this free Strengths Finder assessment here. God has bigger plans for you than you can imagine.
3. Prepare as much as possible. Use the time you have to prepare. Whether it is five months or five minutes doesn’t matter. Don’t procrastinate, just dive in!
4. Realize you’ll never be 100% ready. It’s completely normal to be nervous. If you have followed steps 1-3, there is really not much more you can do. Some might call this “fake it ’til you make it” but the truth is you have to start somewhere.
Be encouraged. You have more support than you think you do. If it feels like you don’t, ask some of your friends for encouragement and accountability. I have some friends who are flat out AMAZING and challenge and encourage me all the time.
Have you been in the ‘I’m freaked out’ storm? How did you respond?