I have a question for you: What type of person are you? Do you like to play it safe and just get by? Or are you willing to take a leap of faith on possibly failing in order to achieve greatness?
Above all, it’s the fear of failure that keeps people from taking action and reaching their full potential in their career, competition, life – in everything. The fear of failure isn’t simply an emotion, it’s a poison that will make or break your success in life.
Here’s the truth: In order to be successful in anything you do, you can’t be afraid to fail and here’s why. Being afraid of failure subconsciously generates the conditions to make failure more likely.
Fearing failure is holding you back from greatness. It restricts you. It ages you. It kills dreams and will paralyze you from taking action.
Fearful thoughts will lead to erratic breathing, stiff muscles and excessive stress. Being fearful in any sport can cause athletes to begin “playing it safe” rather than going all out. Rather than taking the challenge head on, they subconsciously run away from it.
Overcoming Fear of Failure
When you’ve learned to overcome the fear of failure, your opportunity for success rises significantly.
This whole time we’ve been talking about the fear of failure, but what is it really?
Fear of Failure Defined: A perceived psychological threat to your ego and self-esteem.
The thing that most often causes a fear of failure is the mental state that overwhelms when you’re scared of being judged or looking bad in front of others. In both cases, your internal mental state is the only thing restraining you, whether you know it or not.
Adults are more likely to create this fearful mindset. Parents, mentors and coaches should be extra cautious with children since it’s the adults who’re creating this accumulation of fear, nervousness and self-doubt in the child’s internal mental state.
Expressing negative emotions or harsh criticism whenever a child fails at something can ruin the love for their passion and destroy their self-confidence. This ultimately leads to the development of a fear of failure throughout the rest of their lives.
In order to counteract this fearful mental state, you must look at failure from a different perspective. You have to accept that no great success is ever achieved without failing first. Behind every Olympic gold medal lie hundreds of silver and bronze medal finishes.
Thomas Edison failed 10000 times in his light bulb experiments before he was able to find a single working solution. But even then, Edison said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10000 ways that won’t work.” Pretty optimistic, eh?
You have to accept that without risking failure, you cannot improve and will often miss opportunities, even when they hit you in the face. On the path towards greatness, certain failures are unavoidable. And if you do fail, you have the ability to consciously learn from that failure and turn it into valuable feedback. Doing this will enable you to fail constructively and ultimately compile all of these experiences to eventually overcome failure and achieve greatness.
The Bottom Line: Fear of failure is a result of not knowing how to constructively fail. The only way to achieve greatness is to risk failing first. By seeing failure from a different perspective, you can take on life’s challenges without fear and become stronger. Do the thing you fear most and the death of fear is certain.
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