KidsView  | The Adventist Review for kids and those who always will be kids at heart | March 2016

How Not to Be Scared When Trying Something New

By Tanya Muganda

When I was a 7-year-old girl living in Zimbabwe, in southern Africa, I had to learn how to swim. I was so scared. I never thought I would ever be good at it. My family and swimming instructor were so supportive and encouraging until I became a pro. I hope that the following tips can help you the way they helped me. Here are my five tips to help you with fear when trying something new:

  1. Pray for God to give you peace and help you relax.
  2. Take it one day at a time; don’t worry or think too much about the outcome.
  3. Have someone you trust help you, such as a parent, teacher, or friend.
  4. Practice makes perfect. It will make you more confident.
  5. Have fun and remember that everyone makes mistakes.

I love to swim, and it’s all because I had people to cheer me on. I kept practicing until I had no fear of jumping into water. Remember, no matter what you would like to try, it won’t come easy in the beginning, but it gets better each time. Before you know it, you will have mastered it!

Good luck with your new adventures!