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Train hard, fight easy

January 5, 2009

lecture_room1Preparing to do something is often much harder that actually doing it. There’s often anxiety, stress, physical and emotional hardship, etc. In the end, most people sigh and quip, “That wasn’t so bad.” So why do we focus so much of our fear on the act itself?

Whether it’s giving a presentation, sparking up a conversation at a networking event, or sitting down to an interview, the act itself is often insignificant compared to the hours or even years put into preparing for this moment. Plus, let’s gain some perspective; unless you are actually training for a fight, the consequences are usually much less than we imagine. Is someone going to rudely quip that you’re stupid, yell at you in front of a crowd, or slap you across the face? Not likely.

Get out there. Revel in the good experiences, learn from the bad ones, and gain confidence either way. And, when you think, “What’s the worst that could happen?”, be realistic.

Photo credit: Fred Kuipers

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2 comments

  1. I agree. There’s not much we can control when it comes to the actual event. I think for me though, the reason why that one moment is scarier, is because of the judgment. When your “practicing” there’s no judgment. But I’ve learned to take it easy on myself and to just show up, no matter how scared I am. Showing up is the most courageous part, the results will be what they will be. But no matter the outcome at least I can say, I tried.


  2. […] or sitting in an interview, there’s no substitute for preparation. I’ve written before about the anxiety many feel while just preparing to do something. It can be debilitating thinking […]



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