5 Easy Strategies to Overcome Your Fear of Failure
Your biggest roadblock is likely to be the fear of failure. It has stopped you countless times and limited your life immensely. This fear stops you from trying anything that you don’t believe you can be successful at very quickly.
Unfortunately, accomplishing nearly anything worthwhile will have a fair amount of failure along the way. If you fear failure, you’re underachieving. Guaranteed.
Consider these signs that you might fear failure:
1. You’re not aggressively and enthusiastically pursuing your goals.
Hopefully, you have at least a few goals you’d like to achieve. Are you excitedly pursuing them each day, or are you finding excuses to “wait until tomorrow” to take an action? Your hesitancy is a sign that you fear failing.
2. You’re obsessed with being perfect.
A need to be perfect at anything is a sign that you fear failure. This is a common excuse to avoid doing something.
It sounds noble in your head, but it’s just an avoidance technique. There are very few things in life that need to be perfect.
3. You procrastinate or use other means of sabotaging yourself.
We can unintentionally create circumstances that make it impossible to be successful or to even begin getting to work.
These become convenient excuses for our lack of effort and progress. Ask yourself why you sabotage yourself? What is the purpose?
Overcome your fear of failure and live the life you were meant to live with these techniques:
1. Keep positive outcomes in mind.
If you only had positive expectations and never considered a negative outcome, you couldn’t be afraid. Spend a few minutes each day imagining the outcome you desire.
2. Imagine the worst that can happen.
Just one time, allow yourself to consider the worst that can happen. Is it really that bad? What could you do to handle that situation?
If you have positive expectations and confidence that you can handle the worst outcome, you’ll feel confident to move ahead.
3. Stay present.
Aside from imagining positive outcomes for a few minutes each day, keep your mind grounded in the present moment.
What is the next step you need to take? Do what needs to be done next and keep your mind on that.
○ If you’re focused on your current work, you can’t be worrying about what might happen later.
4. Acknowledge the positive aspects of failure:
○ You learn something each time you fail and get better at whatever it is you’re trying to accomplish.
○ You become more resilient to failure. Each failure teaches you that failing isn’t nearly as terrifying as you thought it would be.
○ You’re actively living your life instead of playing it safe. This is great for your confidence, self-esteem, and overall life experience.
5. Hang around successful people.
When you hang around successful people, you realize that they do more and fail more than most people. You’ll also notice that they don’t worry about failing.
They give their best effort, fail, readjust, and try again. They just keep going until they have the results they desire.
How much has a fear of failure negatively impacted your life? It’s probably a lot more than most of us care to admit!
You can accomplish some pretty amazing things if you’re willing to deal with this fear.
Take the bull by the horns and begin working on your goals each day. Avoid allowing a silly fear to taint your life experience.
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How to Live a Life Without Regret
You already have a few regrets, but there are ways to help ensure you have far fewer of them over the rest of your life. There are few things more tragic than looking back over your life and wishing you had lived a life that was dramatically different. Now is the time to seize control of your future.
You can live a life that will fill you with smiles rather than regret!
Try these techniques:1. Make a list of everything you want to see and do in your lifetime.
A big part of avoiding regret is doing and seeing the things you most want to see and do. Avoid waiting to accomplish those things.
No one ever said you can’t learn to skateboard at age 60, but it would easier and safer to do at 20.2. Focus.
Many regrets are the result of failing to direct your life toward something specific. Making decisions can be scary, because they seem so final.
But if you never make up your mind, you’ll never do anything. Decide what’s most important to you and get busy.3. Avoid wasting time.
Along with indecisiveness, we waste hours each day. Between TV, the internet, cellphones, and rehashing the same stories over and over with friends, we fail to make the most of each day. Time is constantly slipping away!4. Set goals.
Goals require decision and focus. Set goals and spend your time in pursuit of their achievement.
By setting and achieving the goals that are important to you, you can avoid most regret later in life.5. Avoid settling.
Maybe you wanted to be a doctor but decided that being a nurse was easier. Or you’ve always wanted to go live in Rome but settled on Miami.
Settling results in that gnawing feeling that you can never completely shake.
Have faith in yourself and stick to your guns about things that matter to you.6. Be bold.
A life lived safely and meekly is a life that ends in regret. Being bold can result in fear and uncertainty.
You can also create significant challenges for yourself, but you’ll look back on your life with a smile at the end.7. If in doubt, do it.
You’re more likely to regret the things you haven’t done than the things you did. Mistakes are better than not knowing.
Give something a try and find out for yourself.8. Avoid taking life too seriously.
You’ll get more enjoyment from life and do more if you can live your life with a light touch. Enjoy yourself.9. Get used to being uncomfortable.
Living a daring and exciting life is uncomfortable at times. An inability to deal with feeling uncomfortable is a leading cause of regret.10. Look forward.
Why start feeling regretful now by looking backwards? Look ahead and plan a future that fulfills you. What future do you want to live? What past do you want to be able to look back on in your old age?
Fear is the leading cause of a regretful life. Taming your fear is the most important step to a satisfying life. Be bold and make some big decisions.
Set some audacious goals and pursue them vigorously. Learn to be uncomfortable now, to avoid regret later.
You can live a life that leads to satisfaction instead of regret. Get started today! How did you like this post?
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