Handling the worries and concerns of learning something new

When I have to do something I’m not an expert in, I can get a little nervous. For me, it’s a choice between reaching out initially for support or giving it a try myself and if I can’t do it, asking for help. It’s unbelievable it took me so long to see how much easier it is when you surround any task with the support you need to make it a fun learning experience.  That doesn’t mean we don’t have to give it a good effort.  It means we don’t have to surround the effort with our frustrations and worries.  I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. When I know it’s over my head and others have done it a million times before, I now reach out for support initially, so I don’t waste my time.  In my past I would struggle and get frustrated to the point I’d give up.  Sometimes, when it’s something I know something about, I like to climb over my fear and at least give it a go. I’m learning the most important first step is for me to view the task as a fun, learning experience.  Prepare first!  Make my energy primary!  My worries and concerns are not helping the situation! I’m now trying to view my challenges as an opportunity to extend my learning curve. When it ceases to be fun, I’ll take a break or ask for help. What I try hard not to do is send my worries and frustrations into the task. I’m learning that’s the biggest mistake I can make.

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