Worry is ubiquitous. It is also entirely normal and can sometimes be helpful.
It’s okay to worry.
The Worriers and the Warriors
According to writers Bronson and Merriman, the world is divided into two types of people.
There are worriers and then there are warriors.
Some of us enjoy competition, like taking risks and perform better when challenged. These are the warriors.
People who worry, on the other hand, tend to perform worse when circumstances require them to compete against each other or even themselves.
They don’t like challenges and prefer to remain in the safe, solid areas of existence.
By now, you already know which category you fall into. So in the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I tend to be a worrier.
How the Worriers Can Beat the Warriors
Now that the bad news is out of the way, here’s the good news: because worriers tend to be focused on small details and anything that can go wrong, they have an advantage warriors miss.
But this advantage only comes to play when the challenge is repeated more than once.
This means that if you tend to be more of a worrier than a warrior, you are likely to hang back a little and watch. While watching, you notice the things that could be hazards. You try, you fail. You try again, you fail again.
Here’s the thing: each time you try and fail, you literally fail better.
What Does This Have to do with Homeschooling?
Quite a bit, actually. If you are a worrier, now you know what to do. You can do something enough times in order to succeed.
If your child is a warrior, give him some competition and watch him blossom. If he’s a worrier, give him measured challenges and make them repetitive.
Worriers and warriors can both win, just in vastly different ways.