Failure has touched the lives of everyone at some point. Because of this fact, you know how horrible it can make you feel. No wonder you 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 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. 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 just might realize that the most a failure can do is to delay your ultimate goal. But if you can figure out how to get past this possible delay, you're 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 continue moving forward.
- Talk to successful people. 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 mindset about your fears. Affirmations can help you reprogram your subconscious mind so that you believe you'll succeed, which will encourage you to take action to make it happen.
- Know that you'll try again. 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.
Don't Be Afraid Of Help
The fear of failure is very common. You might feel like you're alone, but you're not. Sometimes the fear of failure has less to do with what is happening now, or what might happen in the future, and more to do with some painful historical trauma. Your brain has stored information about times you have failed in the past, and that data may be interfering with your ability to take risks in the present. Your brain may be sending the message that taking a risk is dangerous, and to your brain, that may feel like a threat to your survival. We are wired to survive at all costs, so it would make sense that your brain may send the message not to attempt something that might result in failure again!
Our TIPP method is designed to help clear away the data that may be interfering with your ability to take risks. To learn more about our TIPP method visit our website at www.inspiredperformanceinstitute.com.
The Long Term
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!