Friday, January 4, 2008

How to get over fear of failure (part 1) - A new way of viewing failure

Why do people fear failure? What are the causes of fear of failure?

Fear of failure can result from a perfectionist attitude or too much self-criticism. Another reason why people fear failure might be because our society looks down upon failures.

Overcoming your fear of failure

If you look closely at the lives of successful people, you may find that they have found ways to deal with and get over their fear of failure. Different people may have different ways of overcoming fear of failure.

A simple way to overcome this fear is by changing the definition of failure, changing what you consider as failure.

If your present definition of failure (like most people) is falling down then change it to not getting up after falling down.

If you view failure not as falling down but not getting up and making another attempt, then your fear of failure can diminish a lot.

Here is a Chinese proverb for you:

Failure is not falling down. Failure is not getting back up
Try adopting this definition of fear and see what difference it makes in your life.

Go to second part of this series - Fear of Failure - Part 2

Useful Resources:

1. Overcome fear of public speaking
2. Get Rid of Anxieties and phobias
3. The Fearless Executive

Related Articles:
1. Overcoming fear through education
2. Tips to handle stress
3. How to handle pressure
4. How to handle challenges
5. How to deal with aggressive people

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1 comment:

Kyle said...

You need to change the way you think. Every successful person has failed at one thing or another in their life. You learn from your mistakes so that you are better prepared for the next challenge.

You have to view failure as a process in life that will enable you to achieve your conclusion. If you can shift your perception of failure you can achieve your goals.

Stay focused and positive to achieve your goals. If something doesn't go as planned it is only a small part of the process to reach your conclusion. The worst thing anyone can do is nothing.