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When we think about change we often don’t realise how often it occurs for us.
Whilst most of us have a fear of the unknown, we don’t stop to think that we adapt to changes all the time such as:
- The coffee shop you frequent every morning on your way to work…it’s closed. You now need to find a new one. Change.
- Your car has seen better days and is spending more time at the mechanic’s shed then parked in your garage, so it’s time for a new car. Change.
- You join a gym to get fit as well as meet new people. Change.
Whilst it occurs around us every day, a morbid fear may arise when you realise you need to make a BIG change. Something that affects you long term in your work and in your life.
Quite often we have students tell us that the biggest fear they have is starting the course or taking the leap into study for a change of career. It is perfectly natural to feel this way.
So to overcome this you may like to:
- Speak to a course advisor about what you are after.
- Set smart goals and a realistic timeframe of when you can complete your studies by.
- Communicate with supportive people who will be there for you throughout your change into study.
- Cultivate some perspective. What is the worst that can happen? Can it really hurt you or will it actually help you in life?
- Learn to relax…bubble bath and wine anyone?
When the change is as big as something like a change of career, it won’t happen overnight, so actively resourcing how to implement the change is important. Knowing there will be an adjustment phase as you settle into a study routine is equally important.
Acknowledging you want to make a change is the first step.
The second step is putting in place what you need to do in order to make the change, such as organising you course, setting up a study area and working out a study time table.
Thirdly, start your course when you receive it, the longer you put it off, the longer it will be before you complete your studies.
And lastly, don’t lose sight of the bigger picture. You are changing your life for the better. So don’t let the stress of it bring you down.