Self Help for Overcoming the Fear of Failure
Wouldn’t it be great if we were all mentally tough and that we could take whatever life throws our way? Fear of the unknown is what usually holds us back from doing anything remotely interesting and different.
Usually though, this only takes the backseat to an even bigger fear, and that is fear of failure! Sure we want to discover something so innovative that we leave people in awe, but we also continually ask ourselves ‘what if,’ and that stops us immediately in our tracks.
Life is a game wherein we all take a gamble every so often, but what sets us apart from the winners is our attitude when we get into the game. We simply become too afraid and will settle for mediocrity simply because we do not want to be humiliated.
We accept defeat and convince ourselves that the skill is just not in us. We should keep in mind that while negative thoughts create gloom, the energy radiated by having a positive attitude is reflected in our actions.
The same goes to our professional lives. Some of us go to work, do our job, and basically do everything as a routine of habit.
We are far from being satisfied with our careers but we carry on nonetheless. Why? Because that’s what we do and are familiar with.
We have other dreams but keep them on the back burner because we don’t know if we have the right abilities and talents. If we do decide to pursue our dreams and do what we are most passionate about, we fear that we aren’t good enough and that we might humiliate ourselves in the end.
Our life can become a sham with this attitude, and we definitely have to pursue our innermost desires to have a chance at happiness.
If you have a fear of failure, know that this is not unique to only you. Many other people dread the thought of losing.
However, it is important to note that this fear can do more than keep us from being successful. It holds us back from living the kind of life we deserve.
Often times, this form of terror develops over a period of time, often triggered by memories of sadness. Because we did fail in the past, we know how it felt when people laughed at us when we fell and couldn’t get up.
The truth is, we are good enough. We may not be talented in some areas, but surely there is something we are excellent at.
We need to improve our self esteem and realize that life is all about experimenting. If we fail, then maybe we should look at the process and see what went wrong.
Every good scientist knows that they have to come up with a good hypothesis before they test it.
We all have to be that scientist who willingly tries out every theory. The road to success is ridden with bumps, and it is only in trying will we realize which ones should be avoided.
If there’s one thing I can assure you, it is the fact that people who keep trying despite their hundreds of failures will triumph a lot sooner than those who don’t give any effort at all.
So, how exactly can we all overcome fear? Just take baby steps but be brave enough to give everything a shot.
Those who cop out will be those who will live their lives with great regret.