Ask yourself the following:

1. Has my avoiding that speaking situation made my life easier for the future?

If your answer was no, what are you going to do about it?

2. Now that I’ve avoided that speaking situation, will this help me increase my confidence?

If your answer was no, how can you increase your confidence?

3. Do I really enjoy feeling the way I do when I avoid speaking?

If your answer was no, how else would you like to feel instead? What could you do to create those feelings?

4. When I think about the past, do I enjoy remembering all the times I avoided this particular speaking situation?

If your answer was no, what do you need to do, to ensure your memories about your past experiences are different?