Reframing flips you from low to high performance.
- Alison Wood Brooks of Harvard Business School points out the following:
- Although an overwhelming majority of individuals are convinced that calming down is the best method to deal with pre-performance anxiety, studies involving public speaking, math performance, and karaoke singing propose the alternative strategy of reappraising anxiety as excitement.
- Compared to those attempting ‘calm down’, individuals who reframe their arousal of anxiety as excitement actually perform much better.
- This reframing which involves a reappraisal of anxiety can be done employing the following strategies:
- Using self-talk (ex- simply saying “I am excited” etc)
- Utilizing simple messages (ex- “get excited”)
- Additionally, such reappraisals would do the following:
- Engender the feeling of excitement
- Reframe threats as opportunities
- Result in subsequent enhanced performance
- The findings of the studies imply the centrality of arousal congruency during the reframing process.
- Ayesh Perera
- Ramzi Bishtawi