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imagery helps young man with performance anxiety

01 Jun
A 24-year-old with the talent and ambition to be a professional singer struggled with performance anxiety until a personal coach taught him a little "imagery rehearsal therapy" to get him past his fear..
I am a 24 year old singer whose day job is delivering packages. I am told I have a really good voice and enough talent to make it professionally. I love to sing.

I had been trying to work up the guts to audition at various local venues or to even get up for open mike nights at a few clubs in my area. Only problem – just the thought of doing this terrified me. I could not bring myself to do it, I was that paralyzed with fear.

I started working with a personal coach, a friend of my sister’s, who got me into using my imagination to rehearse in my mind all the particulars of singing in front of a crowd. I worked with him for 4 weeks, and the change was downright amazing.

Last week, I sang at an open mike night, and once I got started, you could not have dragged me off the stage. Also, the response from the audience was really positive, and that kept me on a roll. I feel like I’ve broken through something really big. I also know that if I get scared again, I can go back to the methods my coach taught me. I am on my way to making my dream happen. He suggested I post this on your Inspiring Story page for others to see and take courage from.

Matthew Frost
Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award