Trying new things – be it a recipe, a class, or a new job can be as exhilarating as it is anxiety provoking. I’ve become very well acquainted with the waves of panic that come up when starting a new thing – most recently for me is starting a doctoral program. Sure I’m happy and proud, but those positive feelings are flecked with fear and the throbbing voice of self doubt asking “what am i doing here?”.
With many years of practice and with the support of family, friends, and professional therapists, I’ve learned some tools to help me cope by letting fun win over fear.
6 Ways to Let Fun Win Over Fear
Do YOUR best. So many times we compare ourselves to those around us. Don’t do it! If you thrive off of competition, compete with yourself. That way, you win no matter what.
Know your own strength. Never forget the power of one. You have permission to be your own catalyst, your own cheerleader, your own coach. Accept help when it comes to you, but don’t rely on the energy of others to motivate you. And remember, don’t get in your way and don’t hold yourself back from your maximum potential.
Stay confident. There is nothing to gain by panicking. Choosing confidence rather than fear will make room for clarity and drown out chaos so you can refocus on your goal.
Be experimental. Years in the world of higher education have taught me that another word for risk is experiment. So if you’re worried about going out on a limb, treat yourself like a researcher and call it an experiment. There! You’re free to try new things without fear. After all, it’s just an “experiment”.
It’s not that serious. Even if it IS serious, don’t take it, or yourself, too seriously. If you do, you’ll have a much rougher go of it. Take time to laugh at the inevitable bumps in the road. After all, against the assault of laughter, nothing can stand.
Remember why you started. Something within you was challenged to take a step toward (or away from) something. If you feel yourself losing momentum, talk to someone about what you’re trying to accomplish. Rekindling the vision of your goal will give you a jump start! When the going gets tough, remember your “why”.
Christina Philbert is co-owner of bpcp Consulting and is an experienced and passionate non-profit and higher education administrator. Tweet her at @CmPhilbert < Share small business news, blogs and social media tips with Project Eve's community of small business owners and entrepreneurs today. Our contributors come from a wide range of backgrounds; so whether you are a small business owner, social media strategist, financial adviser, serial entrepreneur, or write an amateur blog we urge you to contribute a blog to our 500,000+ community today. For more information, please refer to our Content Submissions Guidelines. https://www.projecteve.com/add-a-blog/