How to Overcome the Fear of Failure

Kelly Hoggan addresses how you can overcome your fear of failure.

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Throughout their career, many people will have a fear of failure. They will constantly feel the pressure to always do well and never make a mistake. While a good work ethic is great to have, it’s also important not to fear failure. This fear can hold you back in your career and derail you from finding success. Take a look at these tips to help overcome the fear of failure:

Clarify Your Goals

When you fear failure, it can easily get you off track. To combat this, take a moment to clarify your goals. It’s important to think about what you want and not about what could go wrong. Visualizing specific goals can help you keep focused. By thinking about your goal, it will give you a stable vision of where you are going and how to get there. Instead of being controlled by fear, your goals will keep you moving forward. 

Understand Mistakes Happen

Perfection is impossible no matter hard you strive for it. Throughout a person’s career, mistakes will happen. Rather than trying to avoid this at all costs, it’s better to accept that mistakes are a part of life. There will be many occasions when you must choose a path that will forever change your career and it’s frightening to make the wrong decision. If a mistake is made, it’s the perfect opportunity to learn from it. By accepting that mistakes will happen and that you will, in turn, grow from them, you will be less scared of failure.  

Some Mistakes Can Be Fixed

In business, many important decisions need to be made. Sometimes, you can make the wrong decision. This could not only affect you but also the rest of your team. This fear of letting down your team can easily hold you back. When faced with this fear, it’s important to remember that most business decisions can be reversed or fixed. If a mistake is made, there is a way for you and your team to fix. With this in mind, the fear of failure is much easier to manage and soon won’t be a fear at all.

Rationalize What You Fear

Sometimes thinking about your fears can be the greatest cure for it. After you have identified your goals, accepted that mistakes are inevitable, and know that most mistakes can be fixed, you can better analyze and rationalize your fears. When you understand what is stopping you, you can begin to overcome it. If you know and understand what you are most afraid of, you will know how to break through it and continue towards success.

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