Today’s question is:
How do you overcome your fears the first time you do something or on the first day of a new experience?
One time Mr Middle told my mom that “you lose a fear each year” and frankly, I think it’s true. I mean, I was nervous to start the new job here — but NOT NEARLY as nervous as I was when I started in San Jose — and I think a lot of that comes with age. Just being more used to being in my own skin.
That isn’t to say that I didn’t bawl my little eyes out the first week at our new church here….
Here’s my 5 tips for new experiences:
1. Concentrate on what you DO know. That’s what made work good, I really know how to do my job, so that wasn’t the issue. Negotiating new people though, that’s a whole other bag of chips!
2. Attitude is everything — if you’re READY for the new experience, hopefully it will be “ready” for you. Or, at least it will seem better. Don’t you think?
3. Suck it up. Just remember the new experience isn’t life long. Unless you’re moving a state away — and then it is forever — please see the other tips. 🙂
4. Be friendly — if you have other people in your corner you automatically feel more at home. Plus, I’m so amazing, this one’s easy! 🙂
5. Acknowledge your fears — no need to shove that fear so deep down you want to vomit. You might as well say that this kind of stinks but you’re going to get through it…
Because you will. I very rarely have heard of people dying from trying new things. I suppose it does happen though (like, if the new thing is sticking a fork in an outlet)… 🙂
What do you do to calm your fears? My kids have a lot of fears, and I haven’t gotten so great at this – tips for that?