How To Master Your Fear Of The Unknown

In order to succeed in anything, especially gaining a degree online, you must master your fear of the unknown. Fear of the unknown is an issue that stops many people succeeding in life and in education until they understand how to utilize nerves and limit stress and unnecessary worry.

There is no doubt that taking the plunge and enrolling in an online education course is a daunting prospect for many potential students. Despite the many exciting benefits of studying online from the comfort of their own home, many people feel frightened of online study because they are unsure of their ability to handle the technology involved and aren’t sure what online learning will be like. In spite of fears like these, for many people the decision to study online ultimately becomes one of the best decisions of their life. But to go from fearing online education to mastering it 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. The one that stops them fulfilling their childhood dream of learning to surf. The one that stops them speaking Spanish fluently. The only way to deal with fear of the unknown is by embracing the idea of doing something totally new, embracing the nerves, and turn all that unknowness into excitement.

I still remember how unsure I was when I enrolled for my first online degree. I was still scared of enrolling to study online even though I had already been through university and had academically excelled during Bachelor’s degree and was a writer and teacher.

It was simply fear of the unknown.

It felt strange to study with a teacher based in a classroom an entire continent width away. However silly it seems now, I’d never studied before without my teacher with me in the room to pat me on the back and hold my hand. I had no idea how well it would eventually go!

Most people feel this kind of fear of the unknown and of things they’ve never experienced before. It’s typical of students considering studying an online course. But like everything in life, fear of unknowns surrounding online education dissolve the minute you research the online study opportunity more, get closer to it, understand it and then finally dip your toes into the waters.

For me, online education became my preferred mode of learning and something I looked forward to. And that happened within a few short days of my first lesson! I 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 give it a go. If you really want an education and can access what you want easily online, 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 can do. Build on that step by step. In no time you will be much further along than when you started.

Success breeds more success. Set yourself up to succeed. Don’t try to study while you have Facebook turned on to distract you. Move away from family or flat mates who want to chat and ask them to help you keep a quiet no-interruption zone for study. Let people know what you need. Create a cheer team for yourself if you can. If you set yourself up for success you won’t feel flat when hit obstacles. You won’t let it get to you.

Master that fear of the unknown that everyone feels, and do what you want to anyway. Everyone that excels in anything in life, including online education, has mastered their fear of the unknown and turned it into excitement and anticipation and 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!

18 thoughts on “How To Master Your Fear Of The Unknown”

  1. Any degree attained online or by traditional methods is a a great achievement for anybody! It takes a great deal of commitment and hard work. The fear of the unknown can definitely deter someone from taking the online option as their preferred educational institution even though the home study method does have its benefits and may appeal to some. From my experience as an online marketeer my biggest obstacle when making the transition from a conventional 9-5 job to working from home was dealing with the loneliness of being by yourself most days. For me this was the biggest obstacle i had to overcome in order apply myself and stay motivated!

  2. Erwin says:

    Hi everyone,

    I love the idea of on-line study. I didn’t graduated the Bachelor degree in Poland but I hope I will get another chance on-line.

    And the fear of unknown get stop you sometime but we should get over it.

    I wish you and me good luck and the internet gives us great opportunity.

    See you on top.


  3. Louis says:

    Earning an online degree can be tough if you don’t have a determination or a will strong enough to finish it 🙂

  4. faisal says:

    Friend the fear and you are good to go.

  5. Jen says:

    Overcoming fear is like becoming positive in everything you do. It is like the law of attraction. The more negative you become, the more negative outcomes you will attract. It really works.

  6. Chris says:

    Most people are afraid when they take new unknown steps in life. I had the same thing for a very long time. But to be aware that this is a totally normal process in life helps a lot.
    Have your goals and go for it- thats my principle today!

  7. Wilson Jose says:

    There are many things that can be done but then there is always an opportunity cost. As you do something someone else is going ahead. There is competition you know.

  8. The only issue really is keeping motivated during the process. Studying from home can cause a lot of distractions. Great article.

  9. Edson Hale says:

    it is actually fear of unknown that makes us believe in super natural things, make us our desires within limits and force us to review our every step before we move ahead

  10. I. C. Daniel says:

    Pretty hard to start something, than everything is on the way as it should be.

    Best regards from I. C. Daniel

  11. Sohale S. says:

    There’s alot of opportunities online right now, from digital currencies to digital learning. The world is ripe with opportunities, great article & even better graphics, thanks!

  12. My only fear is looking back on my death bed and realising I didn’t live my life. This is why I had no problem spending £3,000 on getting my online business off the ground. Even if it ‘fails’ long term (actually impossible as I’ll never quit), I will always be able to say I gave it a shot. No regrets.

  13. GetaGuru says:

    I used to fear the unknown, I got it from my mum. She was the worrier and so I missed out on a few things when I was a teenager but not too much. Now I am old and proud to say I am a fear of the unknown addict. Yes I am addicted to that fear. As an entrepreneur for 27yrs I have deliberately pushed my self into the unknown many times. Often it just seemed plain stupid but I did it anyway. Nothing ever happened except amazing adventure that most people will never experience. I am always looking to take that next leap of faith. To all you young whipper snappers out there I say go for it. Carpe d em

  14. Well hello John, the best way to overcome the fear of the unknown is to stop protecting your dreams and start living them. What is the worst that could happen, you never make it to that perfect island but find yourself in a beautiful alternative.

    Still a great result by my way of thinking. You focus on Internet education and of course if you never complete the course, as long as you put everything into it then you will have still transformed into a new and better person with a fresh outloook to their life.

  15. Well hello John, keeping things simple, a great reminder to us all.

    Rather than getting hung up on the how, focus as you say on the why which leads to your goals.

  16. Sahith says:

    I earned one of my degree online……;)

  17. Samreen M says:

    Fear for the unknown is present in the very instinct of man and in many cases it becomes the main impediment in the way of progress.
    But as far as the online study is concerned, I think it’s getting popularity day by day among our youngsters as they are to cope with so many things at a time that online study seems to be more convenient mode of education for them. Yet some of them are still frightened to join this world. They must embrace their fears and experience it.

  18. Riza says:

    I totally agree. Fear of the unknown prevents you from doing something that might give you contentment and satisfaction. But what I honestly fear with online education is not being able to finish it because of so many distractions. You know when no one’s supervising you, it’s going to be so hard to focus. Needs determination.

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