Which 'FEAR' are you nurturing?
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Millan Saxena, Published on Mar 23rd, 2023
Chief Product Manager at VMentor.ai
'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' – Zig Ziglar
Are you ready to unleash your bold, fearless superhero within? As a college student, you may sometimes feel like you're in a battle - racing against time, deadlines, academic pressures, social expectations and personal life. But what if you could harness the power of a superhero whilst facing these challenges and emerge victorious?
In the journey, we experience that “Fear is a common emotion affecting every individual; and collegiates and youth are no exception”. Fear can manifest in different ways, such as fear of failure, fear of the unknown, fear of being judged or rejected, or fear of not meeting expectations. Fear can impair attention and memory, making it difficult for students to focus on and retain information. Fear can activate stress and anxiety, which can hamper the recall of collected or retained information.
The amazing part is that you already have what it takes to be a superhero in your life. You have unique talents and strengths that make you special. And with the right mindset and attitude, you can overcome any fear or obstacle and rise above the challenges that cross your way.
Whether you're facing a tough exam, a personal struggle or a career setback, remember that you have the power to overcome it. Embrace your unique personality traits, tap your strengths and don't be afraid to ask for support along the way. You have the potential and can easily establish the fact time and again that every challenge can be transformed into an opportunity for growth and learning and as a superhero, it can be your stepping stone to success.
As Zig Ziglar once said, fear is a natural phenomenon. But it can be conferred in two different ways: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' It is always your choice about the kind of response you have for challenges and setbacks. If you courageously choose to face your fears and rise above them, you can achieve your goals and transform your dreams into reality.
Few Implications of Fear for Collegiates
Especially from the perspective of college students who are stepping into the world of career and face dire reality, you may face various challenges and fears in different dimensions of your life. Fear can have significant implications on your studies, personality and career. Here are some of the most common aspects where you may encounter difficulties:
Fear in Academics
Fear of failure is one of the most common fears among college students and freshers. College life brings demanding coursework, strict deadlines and high expectations. You may struggle with time management, study habits or test anxiety. This fear can cause students to procrastinate, avoid challenging tasks or give up on their goals altogether. When students shy away from facing their internal fear to face failures, they may even enter the vicious spiral of becoming more anxious, which further negatively affects their academic performance.
Fear in Personality
Fear can also impact a student's personality, thus leading them to become more withdrawn, shy, timid or self-conscious. This fear can also affect their social behaviour making it difficult for them to make friends, communicate freely and effectively and form meaningful relationships. This eventually impacts career goals and career growth too. It may reflect in the form of relationship issues, family problems or health concerns that affect your well-being and academic performance.
Fear in Career
You may face fear whilst choosing your career path and finding a job after graduation. This can be stressful and uncertain. You may worry about finding a relevant or desirable job in your field of study, meeting the expectations of your employer or succeeding in your chosen career. Moreover, fear can also impact a college student's career, leading them to make decisions based on fear rather than being driven by their true passions and talents. For example, they may choose a career path based on job security rather than fuelling their passion for a certain field.
Tips to Face Challenges and Rise Above
Challenges are an inevitable part of life and indeed propel us towards growth and development. However, fear is so engrossing and engulfing that it can be difficult to face it effectively and rise above it. Here are some tips to help you navigate through the challenges with courage and come out stronger than before and rise above them in your career and life.
Reframe Your Mindset
Instead of seeing challenges as obstacles or failures, try to reframe them as opportunities for growth and learning. This can help induce a proactive, growth mindset and develop your skills and abilities through dedication and hard work. When faced with a setback or difficulty, instead of giving up, ask yourself, "What is it for me to learn and grow from this?" or "How can I improve for next time?" This will improve your motivation and resilience to face challenges.
Set Realistic Goals
It is essential to set realistic goals which you can drive yourself to work upon and achieve success. We should analyse our goals to ensure that they are specific, measurable and achievable. If we try to set goals that are overly ambitious or unrealistic, it is highly probable to face failure or get anxious and unmotivated. Hence, in the process of goal setting, work upon breaking them down into smaller, achievable steps and celebrate your progress along the way.
Seek Support and Guidance
No one achieves success alone. Seeking support and guidance from others can help you overcome challenges and reach your goals. Once you realize the power of support, it is best to reach out to mentors, advisors or professors who can offer guidance and support. Another way for empowering oneself is by joining clubs or organizations related to your field of study or career interests where you meet like-minded individuals who become a source of inspiration, encouragement, learning, experimentation and motivation.
Resilience unleashes your ability to bounce back from setbacks and failures. When faced with a challenge or setback, remind yourself that it's temporary and that you have the strength and resilience to overcome it. Focus on your strengths and positive attributes and avoid dwelling on negative thoughts or self-doubt. Practice self-care such as exercise, meditation or hobbies which calm the mind and help in staying resilient and motivated.
Fear is a common emotion in your ‘Campus to Career’ journey. As Zig Ziglar once said, fear has two meanings: 'Forget Everything And Run' or 'Face Everything And Rise.' The choice is yours. It takes courage to be a superhero in your own story and face the challenges and rise above them. You are the superhero of your own story and it is just the beginning of your journey. So, let's buckle up, young collegiates, and conquer our fears by adopting a growth mindset, overcome our challenges and emerge victorious. It’s time to make a positive impact in the world. And, the world needs more superheroes like you!