Self-Development Goal – Overcoming Fear of Failure


Failure stirs up a myriad of negative emotions. Anger, regret, embarrassment, and sadness are just some of the feelings that failing seems to inspire. It is not surprising that people in general seem to avoid experiencing it. But if you take a look at the most successful people in the world, they are the ones who have dealt with failure in many ways. One of the things that make stand out is their ability to not let failing scare and stop them from pursuing their goals. If you want to take a leaf off their book and succeed at anything, you have to come face to face with the fear of failure and deal with it.

Know that you will fail at some point

The sooner you accept that failure is an inescapable part of life, the sooner you can live with it the best way you can. Know that you will not be able to avoid it from time to time. You just have to trust that you can bounce back regardless of how many times you fail. Failing will always be an unpleasant, often painful, experience. But it will reveal your true strength as you continue to move forward regardless of the setbacks you encounter.

Think of all the possibilities

Fear of failing can be paralyzing the more you dwell on the worst things that could happen. But why stop at thinking about the worst case scenarios? If you are going to spend time and energy thinking about what if’s you might as well think about the best things that could possibly happen if you do whatever it is that scares you.

Show some faith in who you are

Theodore Roosevelt said it best, “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” Sometimes all it takes to move forward despite the fear is to have faith in yourself. Believe that you have what it takes to accomplish what you set out to do. And if you fail, your self-belief will help you stand back up and try again.

Avoid overthinking

It is wise to think things thoroughly before you take action. But thinking too much about a thing can be crippling. You may lose opportunities as you get stuck with your thoughts. There should be a limit to the time you spend thinking. Make a conscious effort to act quickly and let things unfold.

Start taking calculated risks

Most things in life take risks. It is your choices that will define how far you reach in pursuit of your goals. Anticipate and evaluate potential risks. And no matter how daunting it may seem, resolve to take the risk and just do it.