“It’s okay to be scared. Being scared means you’re about to do something really, really brave.” – Mandy Hale, The Single Woman: Life, Love, and a Dash of Sass
Let’s take a look back at last week’s smell the roses.
Call someone you don’t get to see very often.
I hate talking on the phone.
It’s a huge source of stress for me and I always avoid ringing anyone.
That’s the reason why I could not complete last week’s goal.
No big deal, really. But I learnt from it.
Earlier last week, I decided to ring my godmother because I haven’t talked to her for a long time and I thought a little catch up would be great.
I scrolled my contacts and almost pressed her number but then I gave up and threw my phone on the sofa.
I did not even send her a text message because I knew she’d instantly ring me back.
There are very few chances I’ll answer a phone call because
I hate the sound of a telephone ringing – it scares me and puts me in full anxiety mode.
When I see an incoming call, I ignore it and never call back most of the time.
I’d rather send a text or an email.
I think my fear of talking on the phone mainly has to do with me being an introvert.
Unexpected phone calls and unknown numbers are the worst & interacting with people can be so nerve-wracking for me.
Even when it comes to ordering pizza. SMH
However, at one point, we must all face the inevitable…
I really want to overcome that fear because I truly think it’s going to make life easier.
Taking appointments or just ringing for information has become a nightmare and it has often put me in a terrible state.
Reading articles about telephone phobia made me realise I could get better and follow simple tips in order to control the situation.
Relax and breathe
Rehearse and practise
Get it over with, make it a goal
As easy as it may sound, following these tips should help me, and you, overcome that fear.
I intend to practice them on a daily basis and only the fact it became a goal will boost my motivation and confidence.
This smell the roses was a good way to step out of my comfort zone – and although I didn’t complete it this week, by making it a goal, I can only improve.
Do you hate talking on the phone? Let me know on Twitter @franscoffeebrks!
The next smell the roses is… watch a TED Talk.