Don’t think. Trust yourself.
Just like a rap battle, a corporate Q&A or simply talking to a stranger. Trust yourself that you will be able to speak the words you need to speak. In hindsight, you will not know where they came from, seemingly bypassing rational thought.
If you let yourself see “failure” as okay, then that takes the resistance (as Seth would say) away and you let yourself perform the best you can.
Even better than seeing it as okay, redefine failure so you cannot possibly fail.
Feeling sorry for yourself because you got rejected by that girl at the bar? Well, that wasn’t the goal. The goal was to approach one person that day, and that’s what you did, so you succeeded.
Forgot all your lines and made a bad impression at a work presentation? Well, that wasn’t the goal. The goal was to stand up and speak when no one else volunteered, so you succeeded.
Go easier on yourself. See what happens when you gain momentum from small wins.