The fear of failure can be an overwhelming block to your success. Most of us have experienced this feeling and many of us have doubted our ability to do what we love. Fear can stop you from reaching your full potential, making you feel apprehensive and hesitant to try out something different. In some cases, the fear is easy to overcome. In others, getting over that barrier is the hardest part.
Philosopher Richard Taylor says, “Our life is meaningless—what gives it meaning is a sense of purpose: the will to survive”.
In the 1960s, psychologist, John Atkinson conducted a series of experiments on children. Each experiment was set up to test their motivation based on reward-based tasks. As the experiment progressed, Atkinson noticed the children divided themselves into 2 groups: those focused on winning and those avoiding public failure. Check out the entire process of the experiment at CNN and what took place years later in a different series of tests.
With these helpful steps to overcome (but not cure) the fear of failure, you can learn to accept your fears and navigate through the walls to success.
1. Discover Your True Value
Establish the purpose of your existence and find out what really motivates you. Do what you love, because at the end of the day; we are our own best motivators. Failure is a part of life; it is failure that makes us stronger and more eager to achieve our goals.
2. Determine Your Goals
Writing down your goals makes them more likely to be reached because it gives you a clear picture of what you are working towards. Having a clear goal allows you to focus your energy on moving toward your overall goal and sets the mind to create the outcome you want. The fear of failure weakens as your understanding of where you are going strengthens.
3. Develop a Strategy and Tactics
Come up with a plan that will take your actions and lead you towards your objective. Avoid using your valuable time on mundane activities; sometimes “busyness” can lead you in the wrong direction. Use your plan of action to stay focused on your overall goal and use your strengths to overcome your weaknesses.
4. Execute Efficiently
People tend to become more driven once determining their goals. This helps to control the “urgent-box”, which determines what is urgent and what is unimportant. Prioritize your goals into long and short term goals and organizing them by importance. Avoid spending time procrastinating about the task and focus more on the end game.
Remember, you have one life to live and the one feeling that lasts much longer than fear is regret. So keep that can-do attitude and never give up. Look failure in the eye and don’t let the fear hold you back from what is important to you.