Is a fear of failure stopping you achieve more in your career, business or life in general?
Do you admire those who just seem to bite the bullet and go on a particular course, or start a part-time business from home but don’t know why you keep holding yourself back?
The chances are you have a fear of failure – that is, you may be afraid to try something new in case it goes wrong or in case you don’t succeed in it.
Here are some basic steps to help you overcome your fear of failure.
Use your support network
You probably have a spouse, friend or relative who always seems to spur you on who could be a great mentor for you. Agree some goals and targets with them with some dates and ask them to keep on your back until you reach your end goal.
Sometimes, sharing a goal or target with someone will be the motivation to go ahead and do it. If they have a goal that they have set themselves, even better because you can support each other in achieving them.
Building your confidence will help you
It may sound a but odd but confidence does play a big role in fear of failure.
Many mums who have been out of work for a long time often lose confidence when trying to get back into work or are thinking about starting a business. They often feel so disconnected and don’t know who they really are anymore, which lowers their self esteem.
You only need to go to the school gates and you’ll spot them a mile off – quiet, drab and bewildered looking with not much to say to anyone.
A confident person will dust themselves off and try again if they don’t succeed the first time whereas someone who is afraid of failing just won’t try to begin with.
If you are confident in your craft, then you will have less fear of failure. Do you need to do a course that will bring you up to speed? Maybe you can fill those gaps by reading more materials in your industry – industry publications and get some books n the latest methodology in your sector?
Remember, every problem has a solution
Every problem has a solution – it may not always be the solution you prefer or one you’d even think about, but it’s still a solution n
If for some reason you do “fail” not to have tried would have been an even bigger failure. Every time you put yourself out of your comfort zone and try something new, you are edging closer and closer to finding the solution to a problem, which is something you should be proud of.
Don’t let fear make you live a life of regret
The one thing that’s far worse than failing is wondering “what if?” All your life.
You can avoid this by taking action – take little steps every day and set yourself some goals every month to help you see all the successes along the way so you can look back this time next year with a certainty that you have not failed in trying at the very least.