What to do when you feel stuck or nervous

Let’s be honest, it’s not easy to put yourself out there, whatever it is you do. 

Sometimes it’s a presentation you have to do at work, in front of people who will judge you and it might even affect how much you get paid. 

Sometimes it’s trying to sell your amazing product or idea using social media and you’re afraid of what people think. 

Other times it’s more a feeling of being stuck, of not knowing what to do, or feeling useless, like you’re not focusing on the right thing, but you don’t know what the right thing is.

When this happens to me, as it does more often than I like it to, I have a favorite trick I use. 

I think I started using it when I was a new yoga teacher, and I was feeling so nervous getting in front of many people and knowing they would leave class and maybe discuss it, talk about me, my teaching, and whether the class was good or bad, whether they liked the music or the pace or my voice.

So I started to pretend I was someone else.

I chose one of my idols, a favorite yoga teacher who always seems she’s got it together and always gives amazing classes. I pretended that I was her, thinking about how she would enter the room, how she would feel absolutely calm, knowing exactly what to say, what to teach, where to look. 

And this works perfectly in my business too. 

Every now and then I feel stuck like I don’t know where to go from here, I don’t know what to focus on, or if I’m doing the right thing. 

Then I pretend I’m one of my female entrepreneur idols, thinking about what she would do. What she would prioritize that day, how she would plan the day, and set herself up for success. And I pretend I’m her, doing what she would’ve done. I don’t know why, but it just makes it easier,

It’s like it takes a bit of the pressure off ME. Like I don’t have to be responsible, even though I do. But the feeling is lighter, and more at ease.

And you know what – it actually works! 

I can’t recommend this enough, try it out the next time you feel nervous or when you don’t know what to do. Pretend that you are someone who doesn’t feel nervous in that situation (or at least it seems as the don’t) or someone who’s got there shit together and know what to do.

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