4 Steps toward Transforming Techno-Fear into Techno-Serenity

by Donna K. Fitch
(Calera, Alabama, USA)

Donna K Fitch guest blogger at Coaching Leads To Success

Donna K Fitch guest blogger at Coaching Leads To Success

Technology Demons On The Run - my friend from across the pond in Canada, Donna K. Fitch explains how the fear of technology no longer needs to be an ordeal. Enjoy her article and leave your comments.

Technology is all around us, and getting along in business and life these days requires a certain amount of knowledge of and familiarity with computer software and webpages and apps and all those other buzzwords. Techno-fear can make the most confident and blessed person crumple into a state of anxiety, or send her or him into a rage.

Here are some steps I recommend if you’re a person who is anxious about working with computers, tablets, smartphones, or any other type of technological device. Perhaps you won’t go all the way to techno-joy, but at least you will feel more centered, serene and less fearful in your daily life.

1. Start with a calm mind.
Do whatever is necessary to put you into a receptive state of mind. Meditate, sit quietly in a calm and peaceful room, pray—whatever you know helps prepare your mind for study. You are learning something new. Respect yourself and your abilities. Hurrying into the process when you have little time will only increase your anxiety.

2. Take baby steps.
So often people apologize to me when they ask a question. “I know this is probably a dumb question, but...” or “I know I should know this, but...” My reply is usually, “Why should you be expected to know that?” If it isn’t part of your job or your daily routine, you shouldn’t expect to know it. We all know children, even toddlers, who can pick up an iPad and play a game. The difference is, nobody told them they should be afraid. But honestly, nobody is born knowing how to create a webpage. You have many other wonderful and valuable skills. How did you learn them? A bit at a time. You can’t eat an elephant all at once, as the (rather weird) saying goes. Start out learning one small thing. If you’re interested in creating your own website, read about them first. There’s no shame in a “Dummies” book or other introductory work. And don’t spend long hours at a time working at it. Schedule an hour on your calendar each day, and then go do something else.

3. Get a techno-mentor.
Find someone who feels more comfortable with the technology about which you’re apprehensive, and ask her or him to sit down with you and talk about it. Or better yet, trade teaching time. You want to learn more about Microsoft Word or how to buy an app on a smartphone, while he or she may want to learn to knit or bake a pie or change the oil in a car. Younger people, such as grandchildren or young neighbors, often spring to mind first, but think about an older friend or grandfather; sometimes they have more free time to experiment and may have a wealth of computer knowledge for you.

4. Hire someone.
What happens if you try it and just don’t like it? If your daily job depends on a technology-based skill, you may not have the luxury of just not doing it anymore. If, however, you need to use Microsoft Excel to balance the books of your home business or require a website to share your latest book with the world, and you just can’t get the hang of it or really don’t like doing it, you can hire someone. Hiring someone doesn’t mean you’ve failed; it just means you prefer to direct your talents elsewhere.

I hope these steps will help you. What are some ways you overcome fear of technology? What’s your favorite affirmation to help you overcome when doing something seems too challenging?


Donna K. Fitch, MLS, MCert*, is the founder and CEO of Maximum Author Impact, creating beautiful WordPress websites, training webinars and other resources for indie authors. In her day job, she is the digital communication specialist in the office of marketing and communication at Samford University. She is the author of Second Death, The Source of Lightning, and The Color of Darkness and Other Stories, and a member of the Alexandria Publishing Group, aimed at raising the level of professionalism among indie authors.

*Master of Library Science, Master’s Certificate in Web Design and Development

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Sep 19, 2014
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Technology moves too fast!
by: Donna

I sympathize with your problem, Susan! But often if you have the core concept down, the new version is just bells and whistles. You've given me an idea for a new blog post on just that subject. Thanks so much for commenting!

Sep 19, 2014
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Changing technology
by: SusanAnonymous

Great article, I have to take baby steps and pass some things on but one thing I find so frustrating is that I learn a new concept, which is often a feat in itself only to find there is a new version . My poor Brian can't move that quickly. :-)

Sep 19, 2014
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Baby steps are just the right size
by: Thomas

Baby steps are just the right size, from my experience. I have seen too many people burned by technology who wanted to change their techno life over night.

Sep 19, 2014
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Thanks!
by: Donna

I appreciate you stopping by, Karen. I'll keep older people in mind as I'm working on my articles. You represent the segment of people, many of whom are reinventing themselves and needing to know more about technology. Thanks for the comment!

Sep 18, 2014
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Thank you
by: Anonymous

Donna, you hit the nail on the head with me. I tend to get very stressed out about new tech stuff or problems with a new compute.
Good to know there is someone like you who can help with the fear that we older people feel.
Thank you for your help.
Karen Perreault

Sep 18, 2014
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Glad to help!
by: Donna

I'm so glad you found this helpful! I'm continuing to investigate this area of how to deal with techno-overwhelm. I welcome comments on the subject!

Sep 18, 2014
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The Tools to Tame Techno-Fear
by: Anonymous

Technophobia has been my middle name for many months now. On a straight up learning curve with no curvy part in sight, I struggle with overwhelm.

Donna's advice to calm myself and approach each task with an open mind is a hugely beneficial take-way.

As a result I was able to open the FreeMind software I downloaded weeks ago, learn how to use it and create a mind map working backward from my end goal to the little things I need to do today to get there.

Thank you so much, Donna, and thank you PaTricia-Anne for hosting Donna's blog.

Sep 18, 2014
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Go awayTechno Demons
by: PaTrisha-Anne

Donna, thank you so much for stepping away the fear of technology. So looking forward to our upcoming interview.

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