Fear of Failure in Business

Fear of Failure: The Greatest Threat to Your Success

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"It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default." ― J.K. Rowling

The fear of failure has killed more dreams than all other fears combined.

The fear of failure is insidious because it’s largely in your imagination.

It prevents so many people from even trying in the first place, which actually guarantees failure. Unfortunately, this is why so many people feel unfulfilled and are not living their best lives.

Young children have no concept of failure. They couldn’t care less if they fail to do something. They just try again. There are no negative thoughts or emotions involved. They just keep on going. They have not yet experienced the negativity and pain of failure to stop themselves from doing what they want.

What's worse is that it doesn’t take long before children learn to fear the opinions of others. It’s usually around the time they start school. After that first day of school, we’re all changed forever.

It might not be possible to go recapture the mentality of a toddler, but you can come close.

You can stop the fear of failure from impacting your life significantly.

Consider these facts:

1. Failure is temporary

...unless you quit. Failure isn’t final unless you give up.

All the most successful people have experienced a lot of failures. But they ended up being successful precisely because they didn’t quit. Failure is just a temporary state that means nothing because it’s only temporary.

 

2. Failure is Common.

You’ve failed thousands of times and managed to survive.

Consider how many times you failed before. 

● Successful people fail all of the time. It’s a huge part of how human beings learn. We realize that our approach didn’t work, we adjust, and we try again.

 

3. Failure is Educational.

You can learn something from every single one of your failures. Failure makes you more knowledgeable and capable. The more you fail, the stronger you become.

 

4. Noone Cares.

Others are far less concerned about your failure than you think. A few people might notice your failure, but they quickly turn their attention back on themselves and their own challenges.

● There’s nothing to worry about. Feel free to fail as much as necessary. Fail enough and you’ll quickly see that no one relevant cares.

 

5. Success Is Real.

Focus on how great it will be when you succeed. Instead of worrying about possible failure, consider possible success. Make yourself feel excited and positive about taking action.

● With high enough expectations, you’ll do just about anything without worrying about failure.

 

6. You Control your Thoughts.

Put your attention on what you’re doing. Daily. The bad habits. The toxic negative self-talk. What your inner voice is saying. You can't possibly protect yourself from imaginary negative outcomes. But you could most certainly cause more of them if you continue patterns of bad thoughts. 

Thinking about failing will freeze you in your tracks.

Stay focused on your actions or something positive.

 

7. Fear Makes You Weak.

Consider the cost of doing nothing. Taking action might be a little scary, but what will happen if you do nothing?

● What will you feel about failing to take action?
● What if you’re stuck in your current life for the next decade or more?
● Maybe taking a risk is far more attractive than remaining where you are.

 

Don't fear failure — not failure, but low aim is the crime. In great attempts, it is glorious even to fail. ― Bruce Lee

 

What would you do if you weren’t afraid of failing? Probably a lot more than you’re currently doing!

How much has the fear of failure limited your life?

We’ve all allowed the fear of failure to influence our decisions. The biggest and most important ones! Do you fear looking back with such regret? You should. We have one life.

We’ve allowed this fear to stop us from trying new things or taking risks (aka amazing opportunities).

We live smaller lives than we could because we’re too concerned with what others might think.

Stepping into your courage and rejecting the fear of failure is one of the greatest things you can do for your future. For your life and your legacy.

You can start today. Visualize what you want.

Decide WHO you are going to be. Decide WHAT you want to do with this life.

Think about the smallest next step you need to take to get you closer to that.

Every time fear resurfaces to try to interfere with your progress. Adjust your thoughts with positive affirmations.  Just remember this critical point...

You are guaranteed to fail if you don't try, but you are guaranteed to succeed if you keep trying. 

 

What's next for you? Are there obstacles holding you back?...

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