Fear of Failure?

Sherpa Sense:

Are there things in life you want to do or accomplish but are afraid of failing?  It might be your job or a relationship or just something you want to try.  Fear is a funny thing, it can hold you back from what could wonderfully happen and make nothing happen in your life. Real fear is being stuck in the same place you are right now – next year. 

Let’s Yak:

The law of attraction is the belief that positive attracts positive and negative attracts negative. When you think back on your life, so many things said or done in the past can have a negative impact on your thought process and make you feel like you can’t achieve greater things.

Some ways many experience a fear of failure:

  • Low self esteem
  • Anxiety
  • Lack of confidence
  • Being introverted
  • Procrastinating vs doing
  • Thinking negatively vs positively 

Actions to gain perspective and shift the outcome to move you forward:

  1. Start by choosing to be okay that you have this fear, because it really is OK. Now let’s get going… 
  2. Spend a few minutes writing down the details of the fear. This in itself can slow down the emotional spiral that might be going on.
    • What are you afraid of? 
    • What is the worst thing that can happen?
    • What happened in the past that created this fear?
    • What is one step you can take today to let this fear go?
  1. Is that fear limiting you from reaching a really important goal?
    • Confronting what you are afraid of is one of the best ways to overcome your fear.
    • Take an action to move closer to your goal and lessen the hold of the fear. This also starts to build confidence that you can do it!
    • When you find yourself going down that same old path of negativity, stop and change your mindset.  

Take A Hike:

You can do it. What is something that you have been wanting to do, but are afraid of failing at? Confront the fear and take one step toward addressing it. As hard as it can be, think of all the positive ways each opportunity could turn out. It might take you a while but will be well worth it in the long run to look back at where you feel your fear is coming from. #confrontit

Yakety Yak:

Sometimes there really is a good reason for your fear, like when you are in a dangerous situation. In these cases, take some sensible action and be safe. But when there isn’t an imminent danger, confront your fear and try to find the origin of it.  Is it a fear of water from something that happened in your childhood that is keeping you from taking diving lessons?  Is it that teacher from junior high who told you that you would never amount to anything that is keeping you from succeeding in your college classes? Is it a fear of being embarrassed in front of people that is keeping you from publicly speaking? We all have them, but don’t let them keep you down anymore.

And remember, you are so much more than your fears.

Peak Lookout:

And see 10 tips for Building Confidence.

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