Have you ever been so fearful of failing at something that you rather opted not to try it at all? Or has a fear of failure ever made you underestimate your own efforts to sidestep the likelihood of a larger failure?
Every human being waters the desire to trail wild ambitions and discover new possibilities. This could be venturing in own startup business, becoming a great orator or pursuing any other long-cherished passion. But most of us give up in the face of fear.
Also called “atychiphobia,” this fear of failure often becomes so gigantic that it can hinder a person from chasing any goal that is not assured success. It feels safe and secure, but the distrust on yourself will hold you back from experiences, opportunities, learnings and overall happiness.
“Remember, there is no such thing as failure, either you succeed or you learn.”
When we allow fear to stop us from moving forward in life, we are likely to miss some spectacular opportunities along the way.
How to NOT Let the Fear of Failure Destroy You?
It’s important to be aware of the fact that in everything we do, there is always a chance that we might fail. Taking that chance head-on, and embracing it, is not only a dare – it also gives us a more rewarding and fulfilled life.
However, here are a few ways to sidestep the fear of failing:
- Analyze all the potential outcomes – Many people experience fear of failure because they are fearful of the unknown. Eliminate that fear by considering all of the rewarding outcomes of your decision.
- Learn to think more positively – Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful way to build self-confidence and neutralize self-sabotage. Thinking positively keeps you focused on the possible ways to achieve your goal rather than approaching with a confused mind.
- Reframe your goals – An ideal step would be reframing failure by shifting your goals. Magnify your goal to include learning something new and you will never technically “fail” because there is always something to be learned.
For example, instead of having a very specific goal like “Earn at least $100,000 from this new product launch,” expand your goal to include “Learn something new about how to successfully launch a product”. You can still target $100,000 in revenue, while at the same time anchoring yourself to the goal of learning something of value about launching a new product. This way, you cannot “fail” because regardless of the outcome, you are bound to learn something of value.
- Consider the worst-case scenario – In some cases, the worst-case scenario may be genuinely devastating, and it may be perfectly sensible to fear failure. In other cases, however, this worst-case may actually not be that bad, and recognizing this can help to a great extent.
- Ask 3 powerful questions – As I mentioned earlier that failure is inevitable. Some people take failures as the final destination. Whereas, there are some who transform failures into stepping stones. Therefore, the best response to perceived failure is to ask oneself these three powerful questions:
1) What did I learn from this situation?
2) How can I grow as a person from this experience?
3) What are three positive things about this situation?
What matters is not to be unfearful, however, what matters the most is partenering with this fear of failure and placing yourself in the driver seat of your journey.
This program equips you with many such workable tools to make the fear of failure your lifetime ally and making it work in your favor, and not against you.