WORK MAKES ME NERVOUS
Many people briefly get butterflies in their stomachs in high–pressure work situations such as public speaking or job interviews. But if you′ve experienced crippling anxiety in your professional life, you know it′s not something you can just shrug off. The feelings and symptoms obsessive worry, fear of being noticeably nervous, clammy hands, racing heart, trouble breathing, and so on aren′t merely unpleasant and discouraging. They also hide your true professional talents and abilities and block your career progress and job satisfaction.
The good news is that you don′t have to suffer this unwelcome anxiety anymore. Work Makes Me Nervous empowers you to transform your stress into positive energy to fuel success using an evidence–based, step–by–step method. This friendly, down–to–earth resource combines practical psychological techniques and exercises with real–life stories showing how everyone from entry–level workers to seasoned executives and famous sports and media figures have encountered and successfully dealt with workplace anxiety and how you can too.
Focusing on proven tools rather than gimmicky quick fixes or slogans, Work Makes Me Nervous lays out a straightforward system you can learn and put into practice in twenty–one days. You′ll discover how to:
- Diagnose your particular symptoms and use them to create your map for change
- Understand and balance your five mind states
- Achieve and maintain a High Performance Mind
- Master the five–step Adrenaline Control Technique
- Use the power of adrenaline to your advantage
- Keep your brain healthy and build on your success
In today′s competitive market, the world of work is especially stressful, and that likely won′t change soon. What can change are your negative reactions to that stress. Work Makes Me Nervous shows you the way to generate positive responses that boost your performance and improve your overall life and health.
Preface The Truth from Two Perspectives ix
CHAPTER 1 The Real Story of Anxiety at Work 1
CHAPTER 2 Diagnose Yourself and Create Your Map for Change 33
CHAPTER 3 Understanding Your Five Mind States 65
CHAPTER 4 Balancing Your Mind States for a High Performance Mind 95
CHAPTER 5 The Positive Power of Stress: Make It Work for You 125
CHAPTER 6 Going Deeper 165
CHAPTER 7 The Healthy Brain: The Hardware of the Soul 193
CHAPTER 8 Speak Up: How to Control Your Public Speaking Anxiety 215
CHAPTER 9 You Don t Need Nerves of Steel: You Just Need an Attitude Adjustment 231
JONATHAN BERENT, L.C.S.W., is a medically trained professional business performance consultant and the founder of Berent Associates. For over thirty years, Jonathan has pioneered psychotherapy for social anxiety and related problems. He is certified in clinical social work by New York State and as a biofeedback therapist by the Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback. Jonathan has worked with over 10,000 people as well as corporate clients such as NBC, Bloomingdale′s, and the United Federation of Teachers.
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AMY LEMLEY is a freelance marketing copywriter and Web content specialist as well as a senior editor at the University of Virginia′s Darden School of Business. In addition to her business perspective, Amy provides powerful insight into workplace anxiety, having experienced it herself and conquered it by following Jonathan′s program.