As much as I had been preaching about practice, I hadn’t been practicing as much as I should have been. I let working hard in other areas come between me and my practicing in order to get over my fears. What I am saying is not to abandon other important tasks, but rather to realize that your health is even more important. For example, if you’re working really hard to get a job you want, that is a really important goal to reach, but you also need to concentrate on not letting your fears control you so that when you are ready to go out and look for that career, you don’t have to worry about unneccessary anxiety getting in the way of your dreams.
So what do you do? You practice whenever you can. I was often told that I kept coming up with excuses not to practice. While I don’t think they were exactly ‘excuses’, they were reasons. I honestly sometimes forgot to practice and sometimes I was busy or simply just lazy. The truth is though, that when it comes to overcoming one’s anxiety, laziness or forgetfulness is not an option. Also, always putting other things first isn’t always an option either. So, yes, continue to work hard in other areas but also remember that practicing in order to get through your anxiety is extremely important and should not be shrugged off.