You feel social anxiety nearly everywhere you go. Your palms get clammy. Your chest gets tight. You feel panicky inside, and you can't think of the right words to say. You hate feeling this way, but you cannot remember a time when you weren't anxious around other people.
I can personally relate to your severe social anxiety. I was painfully shy my entire childhood, raised by two very socially inept teenaged parents. I always stood back from the group, terrified to talk to anyone. When others asked me to join them, my heart and mind started racing. I experienced serious panic attacks in front of other children and, later, in front of managers at my job.
Eventually, I was able to tackle my social anxiety as an adult by taking the steps mentioned in this audiobook very slowly. I practiced each step in a variety of settings with a variety of people. I continued to push myself through every interaction with other people until I largely overcame my social anxiety. Once a teenager who failed speech class due to my inability to speak in front of others, I suddenly found myself speaking in front of rooms full of doctors and healthcare professionals in my career. I also finally found the courage to ask a handsome colleague to go to the amusement park with me after work. I am happy to report that we are now married with three children!
I have worn many hats inside and outside the corporate world since improving my social skills. I am now a six-time best-selling author who touches people's lives everyday with my audiobooks, ebooks, and blog!
As you can see, my story really has a successful and happy ending. I overcame my social anxiety, and I am convinced that you can overcome yours as well! Don't let your past or your parents hold you back. We can sometimes be our own worst enemy, but I'll give you tips on how to step through your social anxiety and learn the skills you need to move forward and be successful.