Like many of you are familiar with, this week was the start of a new school year. I was lucky enough to be able to get my 6 year old niece ready for her first day of 2nd grade. Like all new beginnings, she was nervous.
She normally isn’t the nervous type; she’ll walk up to any kid and ask to play, she’ll dance ballet and tap in front of a hundred people and she’ll even tell adults to face their fears and congratulate them when they do. So it was weird to see her nervous about starting school.
Secretly, I was watching her and learning from her. I noticed these three main steps and even used them this week when I was faced with a situation that I was extremely nervous about.
Step One: Zone Out. She knew the bus came at 8:00, so for the downtime we had in the morning she didn’t want to talk to me or do anything except zone out. She watched tv and kept her mind off of what she was nervous about.
Step Two: Tell your peers you are nervous. We walked to the bus stop and shortly after saying hi to the friends she knew, she giggled and told them she was nervous. I’m pretty sure they all sighed with relief knowing that they were all nervous and in it together.
Step Three: Go for it. When the bus came, she didn’t even say goodbye to me, she just ran right up to the opened doors. No delaying the inevitable, she just went for it and didn’t look back (until of course I called her name to take her picture).
She taught me that sometimes we need to take things back to nature. Back to when we were a kid and did things the way we felt like they needed to be done and not the way society has taught us.
Get back to your inner child and do what feels natural to you.