6 Keys to Overcoming the Fear of Failure
Failure has touched the lives of everyone at some point. Since many of you have experienced failure at some point in life, you know how horrible it can make you feel. No wonder many of us strive to avoid it at all costs! But the problem is that this fear of failure can become one of your biggest life fears.
Fear of failure is a fear of the great unknown. You don’t know what’s truly out there, and so you’re scared. You may think that because it didn’t work in the past, it won’t work now. You might even be tempted to give up entirely in order to avoid failure. You’ll soon realize that not trying at all is the ultimate failure because there is no way to win without trying.
How can you overcome this fear and gain the confidence you need to seek the life you desire?
Consider trying one or more of these actions steps:
Imagine the worst case scenario. Of course, you should spend time imagining everything turning out well, but it actually helps to imagine the worst case as well. This is because, while horrible, imagining the worst case gives your fears a face. You now have the ability to think through what you would do to prevent this scenario from happening, or how to deal with it if it ever does happen. Chances are the worst will never happen, but thinking through it can ease your mind and free you up to continue working toward your goals instead of worrying about it.
When you use this technique, your fears are then no longer the unknown and they may not be quite as scary. When you figure out the worst thing that can happen, you can figure out how to get past this possible delay, and get back on track!
Take bold action. The fear of failure can hold you hostage. When you take bold action, you’re able to learn from your mistakes so you can continuously move forward. Sometimes you just have to leap, jump, or dive in. The longer you think about it, the louder your fears become. You can silence your fears by taking action. It doesn’t have to be large actions, even small baby steps towards your goals can give you confidence to keep going.
Learn from successful people. It is great to speak to or even read about successful people who have failed at some point in their journey. Ask them about times that they’ve failed or times that they’ve felt a fear of failure. It’s likely that they were afraid too and that they’ve even failed greatly before reaching success. Knowing that you’re not alone can be quite helpful.
Utilize affirmations. Use the help of affirmations in order to change your mind set about your fears. Affirmations can help you reprogram your mind to believe you’ll succeed, which will encourage you to take action to make it happen.
Get up and try again. Begin to tell yourself that, if you’re face to face with failure, you will pick yourself up and try again no matter how many tries it takes. Then follow your plan.
Seek Support. Since the fear of failure is so common, there are many people around you that you can talk to about the subject. You might feel like you’re alone, but you’re not. Discuss your issues with a trusted friend or use the services of a professional counselor. Sometimes just having someone listen and understand you can make your fears seem like less of a burden. It can help you to get into a positive mindset, which is the first step you’ll need to take in order to tackle your fear of failure head on.
After you’ve mastered your fear of a particular situation, keep at it in order to stay on top of your fears. The key is consistency and positive thoughts. Remember that there are always lessons to be learned on your journey, even if you’ve failed. Keep at it and good things will come!
Feeling some fear when it comes to starting your own business? Check out my video on Overcoming the Fear of Failure. Let me know your thoughts on failure.