In his article Getting Rid of the Fear of Public Speaking Has to be Difficult – Are You Sure?, Morty Lefkoe writes, “After helping hundreds of people with a fear of public speaking totally eradicate that fear, we discovered that there are only a few beliefs that cause the fear.”
Here are some of those beliefs he lists – which can also impact our self esteem and our ability to be productive and creative:
Mistakes and failure are bad. What I have to say is not important. I’m not capable. I’m not important. I’m not good enough. What makes me important or good enough is having people like me.
Fortunately, Lefkoe has developed a program to shift these kinds of anxious and self-limiting beliefs – see ReCreate Your Life.