Most of us get nervous when we know we have to do something in front of people--interview for a job, say, or cook our signature dish for guests. Performance jitters are normal, but they can also make us mess up, big time.
Here's the reason why, a study published in the journal Scientific Reports found. When we feel scrutinized by someone, the part of our brain that can visualize what others are thinking (rightly or wrongly) can affect our motor skills. So if we feel judged, our brain freezes or we act like klutzes.
But you can TRICK yourself into feeling more confident. Just imagine that the people watching are rooting for you. To reinforce that belief, practice your speech (for instance) in front of friends or family--and encourage them to applaud you, no matter what. That will train your brain to visualize a successful outcome instead of a fail.
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