In order to succeed in anything, especially gaining a degree online, you must masterÂ your fear of the unknown.Â Fear of the unknown is an issue that stops many people succeeding in life andÂ in education until they understand how to utilize nerves and limit stress andÂ unnecessary worry.
There is no doubt that taking the plunge and enrolling in an online education courseÂ is a daunting prospect for many potential students. Despite the many excitingÂ benefits of studying online from the comfort of their own home, many people feelÂ frightened of online study because they are unsure of their ability to handle theÂ technology involved and aren’t sure what online learning will be like. In spite of fearsÂ like these, for many people the decision to study online ultimately becomes one ofÂ the best decisions of their life. But to go from fearing online education to mastering itÂ they all had to dispel this basic fear: fear of the unknown.
It’s the same fear that stops people traveling overseas to that resort in the pacific.Â The one that stops them fulfilling their childhood dream of learning to surf. The oneÂ that stops them speaking Spanish fluently.Â The only way to deal with fear of the unknown is by embracing the idea of doingÂ something totally new, embracing the nerves, and turn all that unknowness intoÂ excitement.
I still remember how unsure I was when I enrolled for my first online degree. I wasÂ still scared of enrolling to study online even though I had already been throughÂ university and had academically excelled during Bachelor’s degree and was a writerÂ and teacher.
It was simply fear of the unknown.
It felt strange to study with a teacher based in a classroom an entire continent widthÂ away. However silly it seems now, I’d never studied before without my teacher withÂ me in the room to pat me on the back and hold my hand. I had no idea how well itÂ would eventually go!
Most people feel this kind of fear of the unknown and of things they’ve neverÂ experienced before. It’s typical of students considering studying an online course.Â But like everything in life, fear of unknowns surrounding online education dissolve theÂ minute you research the online study opportunity more, get closer to it, understand itÂ and then finally dip your toes into the waters.
For me, online education became my preferred mode of learning and something IÂ looked forward to. And that happened within a few short days of my first lesson! IÂ didn’t look back. The nerves had been a waste of time.
The only way to deal with fear of the unknown is to embrace what you fear and giveÂ it a go. If you really want an education and can access what you want easily online,Â don’t let simple nerves hold you back. The more you do something, the easier it gets.
Don’t focus on everything all at once as that is overwhelming. Focus on what you canÂ do. Build on that step by step. In no time you will be much further along than whenÂ you started.
Success breeds more success. Set yourself up to succeed. Don’t try to study whileÂ you have Facebook turned on to distract you. Move away from family or flat matesÂ who want to chat and ask them to help you keep a quiet no-interruption zone forÂ study. Let people know what you need. Create a cheer team for yourself if you can.Â If you set yourself up for success you won’t feel flat when hit obstacles. You won’t letÂ it get to you.
Master that fear of the unknown that everyone feels, and do what you want toÂ anyway. Everyone that excels in anything in life, including online education, hasÂ mastered their fear of the unknown and turned it into excitement and anticipation andÂ finally mastery.
Sometimes it helps to see the facts, the whole picture, and glimpse into where the idea is going. For that reason, I’ve included an infographic below that shows the future of online education. I hope you enjoy it!