In life in general, and as a blogger, there are many things that I’ve had to overcome.
One of those things is a fear of failure. Whether it’s just a small nagging doubt in the back of my mind, or something bigger- failure is just one of those things that you need to face. Even in those moments were it seems that failure is inevitable, facing that fear is a huge step. And sometimes, failure is okay. It just means that you have to change your strategy.
Failure is a part of life, but it’s how you handle it that ultimately matters.
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How do you overcome a fear of failure?
Having a strong belief that you can overcome failure, is crucial. Because if you think you will fail, you’re already halfway there.
Scary, isn’t it?
But having the right mindset is really half the battle.
The mind is such a powerful thing and if you think you can succeed, you’re more likely to succeed. Of course, it took me quite awhile to realize that and it also took me quite some time to come to terms with the fact that sometimes- I will fail.
But it was how I handled that failure and what I did afterwards that ultimately mattered.
Here are some steps on how to manage the fear of failure in your life.
It is best to have at least have tried than not to try at all. Do you want to go through the rest of your life not knowing that you could of made it? At least if you try, you will know for sure if you would have made it.
Another benefit of giving something a try is that you can learn from your mistakes. If your first attempt doesn’t work out, then at least you know what went wrong. If you decide to do that task again you will know what to do which will increase your chance of success.
If you are afraid to fail at a certain task, then develop some kind of back up plan for you to rely on in case you do fail. For instance, let’s say that you are afraid that you will not pass a certain class in school. Develop a plan B for yourself in case you do not pass the class. This will reduce your stress and take the pressure of taking the test and passing. If you don’t make it, you have something to fall back on.
Ask yourself what is the worse that can happen. Think about it. What will you lose if you don’t make it the first or second time? Yes, it might be a set back, but you had set backs before. Tell yourself that you will not succeed at everything in life and that will help reduce your anxieties.
Fear of failure can be a struggle for some people, however the worst part is not to at least try. You don’t want to go through life wondering whether you could have made it or not.
And if you’d like a visual reminder, I’ve created a printable based on this quote: Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough.
Pretty powerful words, right?
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Do you have a quote that helps to keep you motivated?