People can feel anxious about most any situation. Put put them in front of an audience and they will often freeze. Here’s Jerry’s take on public speaking: “According to most studies, people’s number one fear is public speaking. Number two is death. Death is number two. Does that make sound right? This means to the average person, if you go to a funeral, you are better off in the casket than doing the eulogy.” Jerry Seinfeld.
Perhaps it is fear of the unknown but you know how emotionally draining it can be to deliver a speech. If you face anxiety every time you need to stand before people, you know the desperation you feel. Anxious thoughts fill your mind with “What if?” statements. You can overcome anxiety. You can learn to stand before others without feeling “on the spot.” It begins by admitting that you have allowed anxiety to become a controlling force in your life.
While treatment for anxiety provides many people with much needed help, it may be helpful to look for other answers too. I was once very afraid to stand before a crowd of people and speak. Then, I discovered that I was created for just that purpose. I was created to give voice to ideas that bring people closer to their creator.
For me, anxiety relief came when I began a relationship with Jesus Christ. I know that every time I step before a crowd that Jesus stands with me. His presence is the help for anxiety I need. He can do the same for you as well.
If you haven’t started a relationship with Jesus Christ, you can do it today. It is as simple as praying a prayer: “Dear Jesus, I become so anxious when I stand before people, but today I bow before You. I ask you to forgive me for the wrong things I have done. I ask You to become my friend forever so that when I stand before people, You will stand with me. I choose you as Lord and Savior of my life. In Jesus’ name. Amen!”
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- Bill Hennessy