Going back to school can be scary, especially if one has been out for a long time. Thinking of how one is going to manage juggling family, work and school is enough responsibility to overwhelm anyone. Not to mention the fear of subject matters such as Math and English. These subjects may not have been our favorite in high school. So how do we overcome the fear of the unknown, the fear of failure, or the fear of math?
I am going to suggest a few things that may help you. Consider these when you’re contemplating the decision to take the plunge to complete your degree, make that career change or whatever dream you may be avoiding due to fear:
- Having strong self-esteem is essential to being able to accomplish what you want to achieve. If one lacks self-assurance, it will be nearly impossible to accomplish one’s goals. Your belief in yourself, in addition to your faith in Christ of course, is going to be what gets you through adversity. This is also known as determination and will. When the going gets tough, will you fight or will you fold? “A man is as he thinks” Proverbs 23:7– so make sure you are constantly positively affirming yourself. Tell yourself that you are smart enough, you are strong enough, and that you will accomplish whatever it is you want to accomplish.
- Having a strong support system is also vital to your success. Rid yourself of the negative naysayers and the people that may hold you back from accomplishing your dreams and goals. Surround yourself with cheerleaders and like-minded people. If you do not know any people like that, there are plenty of groups you can join to meet some. Usually church is a good place to start.
- Lastly, make it a goal every day to do something that you will thank yourself for in the future. Notating and completing short term and long term goals help us to gain momentum by giving us a sense of accomplishment. Have a plan because when we do not, we can usually plan to fail.