I was watching an old episode of 30 Something where Michael and Elliot have 4 days to come up with an incredible ad campaign for an art museum. A daunting process, to be sure. Made all the more complicated because it was for a friend. It shows their creative process along with fear, dread, and anxiety personified.
So how do we do it? It's actually very simple in theory. It just takes conscious effort, and many "re-efforts"to get rid of them.
• "STOP!" the negative thought; Saying it out loud, cheesy as it may seem, is even better.
• Truth is your best weapon to combat these guys. Of course anything can happen, but you are well prepared and competent to withstand even the worst situation. List the reasons why you will succeed.
• Think of something else. Anything else. Do not give them space in your head.
Back to the show: In the end, it turned out, that Michael and Elliot were indeed thwarted by fear dread and anxiety. Their campaign sucked, just because they allowed the terrible trio to invade their space.
We won't make the same mistake.