I’m a bit of a recluse and being in public can sometimes stress me out; the unfamiliar people, unknown territories - they make me anxious. Nonetheless, I would like to be more social when I step out the door. …I may know how to achieve that?!
According to “The Upside of Stress”, by Kelly McGonigal, anxiety is made from the same chemical compounds as excitement. Therefore, by repurposing anxiety, we turn it into something more productive.
Elvis Presley would have great anxiety about performing, according to “The Art of Seduction”, by Robert Green. When Elvis would go on stage, he would be filled with so much anxiety and emotion that he’d become a different person. Instead of being overcome by his nerves, he’d adopt this incredibly infectious swagger that drove his fans crazy.