Fearing failure is a common enough problem. Many people find that it holds them back from pursuing new things or opportunities.
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Being afraid that it won’t work out is often enough to scare you away from your big chance. While it’s true that is no guarantee that you are going to succeed, fear of failure shouldn’t be holding you back from reaching your goals or going after your dreams. Here’s how to keep that fear from holding you back so that you get out of life everything you want.
Stop The Trash Talk
The person you often come down on the hardest is yourself, but to succeed you must stop the negative talk toward yourself. When you talk down to yourself, you interfere with your ability to see yourself succeeding. Becoming convinced that you will never get where you want to be is a sort of self-fulfilling prophesy and will change your mindset to a degree that you might give up and quit trying. Experts suggest changing this around and turning your negative thoughts into positive ones. When you get down, tell yourself that you learned from the failure and can move on to try something else next time.
See Failure As Part Of The Journey
Failure is just another steppingstone on your journey toward success. If you view it as part and parcel of the entire process, it will be easier to accept that it could happen and you won’t be so discouraged and disappointed when you do fail and must try something different. Expecting that you could fail a couple of times makes it easier to try a new experience that might not work out for you the way you expect it to.
Build A Support Network
The most beneficial thing you can do when you embark on a new life experience is to have loved and trusted people in your corner. Choose people who will encourage you to keep going and console you if things don’t go right. Knowing you have people who believe in you and will help you achieve all your dreams is a powerful way to look beyond the possibility of failure and keep your eye on the prize.
Write Down The Pros And Cons
Having the pros and cons of something on paper in black and white can help you see past the chance that you might not succeed. Sure, failure definitely deserves a place on the con side of the list, but seeing all the pros may be just what you need to see the good that could come from the experience or decision. Knowing the worst that can happen can minimize the devastation of it and allow you to plan for how you will handle the situation.
Switch Things Up
If things aren’t working the way you want them to right now, consider making a new plan and coming up with some other way to approach things. You don’t have to follow the path of someone else. If you think an alternate idea would work better for you and your specific situation, then by all means make changes to your game plan. If you hit an obstacle, don’t be afraid to mix things up so that you can get around it instead of worrying about the “right” way to get the job done.
No one wants to fail, but if it’s holding you back now is the time to forget the fear and jump in feet first. Experts say that practicing these techniques can help take the fear away as well as boost your confidence so that you are able to see things from all angles. No one succeeds 100 percent of the time, but you can certainly up your odds with these helpful suggestions.