Thursday, October 10, 2019

Disappearing Fears

In Facing our fears from Seth Godin's Blog , Seth Godin shares,

“Of course, we may think we’re looking at our fears, dead on, but it’s more likely we’re just seeing a distraction, a shadow of what’s actually holding us back.”

Sometimes our fears keep us from doing things that will help us be successful in meeting our goals.

Fear can keep a person from taking action.

Sometimes my students have not been successful in many things so the fear of failure is a real thing in their minds.

No one likes to fail.

It is my job to convince the students that failures are merely opportunities to do something different. Looking at a problem from a different viewpoint can make a huge difference.

I need to show them that this fear of not succeeding is merely a distraction and that they should not let it get in the way of doing what needs to be done. These distractions will constantly be thrown at them all through life and they can’t let this distraction keep them from continuing their journey.

It may be easier to allow the distraction to cause you to stop forward movement but then you will be stuck where you are. You will be in the same spot while everyone else leaves you behind. They will be experiencing new things, learning new things, and maybe finding new ways to do things while you are stuck in the same place watching them.

Don’t let fear be a distraction. Move forward through the distraction and conquer it. It won’t be the only distraction but the more you get through them, the easier it will be to move forward. Don’t let the fear grow into a bigger distraction than it really is. It reminds me of the saying, “Don’t feed the monster!”

How do you help your students face their fears? How do you help them move forward? Please share.

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