How to Overcome Your Fear of Failure and Unlock Your Potential

We all want to succeed in life and reach our goals, but many of us are held back by a fear of failure. This fear can manifest itself in different ways: we may become anxious when faced with challenging tasks, procrastinate on important tasks, or even avoid taking risks altogether.

But the truth is that fear of failure is something that we can overcome, as these fears are formulated in our minds. By learning to be more mindful and developing the right strategies, we can start to unlock our potential and achieve our goals. 🫶

In this blog post, I’ll explore what the fear of failure is and why we have it, as well as share some strategies for overcoming your fear and unlocking your potential.

What is Fear of Failure?

Fear of failure is an emotional response that can arise when we are faced with a task or situation that we believe we may not be able to complete successfully. 😟

This fear can be triggered by a wide range of situations, from taking a test or starting a new job to making an important decision or taking on a new challenge.

When we feel that we may not be able to succeed in a certain task, we can experience a range of emotions including anxiety, fear, and even shame. This fear of failure can be so powerful that it can prevent us from taking risks, trying new things, and achieving our goals. 🙃

Recognising that failure is a normal and necessary part of personal growth and learning is essential. Learning from failures and using them as opportunities for improvement can help individuals cope with and eventually overcome this fear.

It’s important to remember that failure is not a reflection of a person’s worth, but rather a stepping stone on the path to success and personal development.

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Reasons You Might Be Afraid of Failure

There are a number of reasons why we might be afraid of failure. One common reason is that we are afraid of disappointing others, especially if they have high expectations of us.

Another reason is that we may be worried about how we will be viewed by others if we fail. 👀

It is also possible that we may have experienced some form of failure in the past and feel that we are not capable of succeeding in the future.

We may also be afraid of failure because we believe that if we fail, we will not be able to move forward and achieve our goals.

Strategies to Overcome the Fear of Failure

Now that we have explored what fear of failure is and why we have it, it’s time to look at some strategies for overcoming it. Here are some tips for tackling your fear of failure and unlocking your potential:

Develop a Growth Mindset

One of the most effective ways to overcome the fear of failure is to develop a growth mindset. This involves looking at failure not as an end, but as an opportunity to learn and grow.

A growth mindset encourages us to take risks, embrace challenges, and look for ways to improve. It allows us to view failure as a learning experience and an opportunity to become better. 🤗

Take a look at our Personal Growth Bundle to find out more.

Visualise Success

Visualising success can be a powerful tool for overcoming fear of failure. Visualising ourselves succeeding can help us to be more confident, reduce anxiety, and take the first steps towards achieving our goals.

It is important to remember that visualising success does not mean that you will definitely succeed, but it can help you to build the confidence and motivation to take risks and move forward. 😀

To help with visualisation it would help to have a vision board. You can do this year by year or have an overview of the life you are trying to create. – Pinterest would be a great place to start with ideas.

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Break Your Goals Into Smaller Steps

When we have a goal that we want to achieve, it can often seem like an insurmountable task. This can be overwhelming and can lead to fear of failure.

To help combat this fear, it is important to break your goals into smaller, achievable steps. This can help to make the task seem more manageable and reduce the fear of failure. 😊

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Accept That Failure is Part of the Process

It is important to remember that failure is part of the process of achieving your goals. Failure does not mean that you are not capable of achieving success, it either means that you have not found the right path yet or you just need to keep going. 🛣️

Don’t get me wrong, sometimes knowing when to quit and when to keep going can be hard. You have to think to yourself, am I going to regret this? or is this the best decision I can make for myself right now?

Accepting that failure is part of the process can help you to stay motivated and keep trying. It can also help to reduce the fear of failure and give you the confidence to take risks and try new things. 😊

Reach Out for Support

Reaching out for support can be a powerful tool for overcoming fear of failure. Talking to family, friends, and mentors can help to remind us that we are not alone and that there are people in our lives who are willing to help us. All you have to do is ask! 🗣️

Having a supportive network can also provide us with encouragement and motivation to keep going, even when we feel like giving up.

Celebrate Your Small Wins

It is important to celebrate our small wins and successes, no matter how small they may seem. Celebrating our successes can help to boost our confidence and remind us that we are capable of achieving our goals. Because you are! 🏆

It is also important to remember that failure does not define us; it is a part of the learning process. Acknowledging our successes, no matter how small, can help to keep us motivated and remind us that success is possible.

Conclusion – Unlocking Your Potential

Fear of failure can be a powerful emotion that can hold us back from achieving our goals. But with the right strategies, we can start to overcome our fear and unlock our potential.

By developing a growth mindset, visualising success, breaking our goals into smaller steps, accepting that failure is part of the process, reaching out for support, and celebrating our small wins, we can start to move forward and achieve our goals. 🎯

So don’t let your fear of failure stand in the way of your success. Start to take small steps today and unlock your potential!

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The ultimate guide for coping with change

Many people spend a lot of effort trying to avoid change but change is an unavoidable constant in our lives. Sorry to break it to you if you didn’t already know that. If you can learn to cope with change, you’ll lower your risk of having anxiety and depression. This is because the feeling of not being in control of your life can feel unbearable and paralysing which can deeply affect your mental health. No one likes the feeling of knowing that their efforts are fruitless.

If you can’t cope with change, only a minor amount of stress can make you feel overwhelmed about any aspect of your life. Making you more likely to struggle when trying to accomplish goals. Let’s face it, the bigger your goals the more pressure you’ll face. So if the thought of any drastic change in your life overwhelms you then you will only manage to cope with setting small goals that probably won’t get you very far.

Studies have shown that people cope with change in their lives in two ways: Escape coping or Control coping.

Escape coping is based on avoidance. You will take specific actions to avoid the difficulties of change. For example, you could deliberately show up late for important meetings or constantly avoid going to interviews for a new job.

Control coping on the other hand is proactive and positive. You refuse to behave like a “victim” of change and embrace it instead by managing your feelings, getting support and doing whatever you can to be a part of the change.

In reality, most of us respond to major change with a mixture of escape and control coping. Control coping is a better coping mechanism to use as it’s impossible to avoid the reality of inevitable change for long without it damaging your mental health.

If you’re able to cope with change, you’re most likely resilient (good on you). Though your environment and genes may influence your level of resilience that amount is not set in stone and can be increased no matter where your resilience level is. Coming out of your comfort zone and practicing stopping the negative thoughts that come in your mind can help boost your ability to deal with change and help you create a life that is adaptive to new places and unexpected life events.

Here are a few healthy practices to put in place to increase your level of resilience and coping with change.

1. Realise that good change can also cause stress

When we go through positive life changes such as getting the job you’ve been dreaming of or having a baby, it can still feel like a great deal of stress. Sometimes even dread. Bear in mind that even though you can be going through a positive change that change can still create stress just like a non-positive change. Stress is just your body’s way of dealing with change. It’s totally normal to feel this way when something good has happened, just don’t let it ruin the whole experience.

2. Check your thought patterns

In times of change, it’s easy for your mind to see everything in black and white or assume that the worse will occur. If you take the time to examine your thought patterns and assess how rational they actually are, it will eliminate a lot of unnecessary stress.

If you’re not sure how to slow down your mind then practice relaxation techniques such as mindfulness and deep breathing (there are some cool apps dedicated to relaxation such as Headspace and Calm). If you can feel more in control of your brain and how you can evaluate major change you’re on the right track to becoming more resilient.

3. Remember your priorities

Resilient people see change as an opportunity rather than something to fear. Transitions in life allow you to consider where your priorities lie. What’s really important to you? How do you really want to spend your time on this Earth? With a clear sense of your goals and values, you will find that your mind and body can be more resilient when it comes to the stressors of change.

Humans are social creatures by nature so experiencing a sudden change in your life alone can cause you to go into a meltdown. Talk to friends and family who have experienced similar changes or consider finding external support such as your community, a doctor or a counselor.

You can’t avoid change, but you can live a life of resilience. Embrace the transition and see this new challenge as an opportunity to thrive.

4. Give yourself a break

In times of change, you may feel overwhelmed and not in control. You may feel like you’re not living up to your expectations of yourself. You are allowed to have breaks and once in a while and do less than what is humanly possible. If you’re someone with an unbelievable work ethic then I know that taking breaks when you’re in your element can be extremely hard but all your heading to is burnout if you think taking breaks is unnecessary. Believe it or not but no one functions at 100 percent all the time. Part of living a productive lifestyle includes taking regular breaks such as taking 5-15 minute breaks every 60 minutes.

5. Evaluate your level of control

Sometimes it’s easy to fixate on a situation that you’re not in control of or on people who may never change their way of thinking. Rather than focus on the things you cannot control, resilient people focus on the things they can control. Evaluate your level of control in a situation by asking yourself “ What can I take responsibility for in this situation?” When you actively look for opportunities to work towards change that is possible, you’re less likely to feel stuck in difficult situations.

6. Ask yourself “What’s the worst thing that can happen”

We’re often scared of change because we’re scared of the unknown. A good way to deal with the unknown is to think things through… rationally. Imagine all of the possible outcomes both good and bad and write them down. Doing this puts things into perspective, as you’re able to see if you’re being rational about the situation at hand.

7. Redirect certainty

Uncertainty is the enemy of our biological impulses. If we are unsure whether an animal is a housecat or a bloodthirsty lion, we’re definitely going to be in trouble. Our brain doesn’t like the odds of equations with unknown variables, so it defaults to negative bias for safety.

To help soothe the uncertainty that’s causing your brain to fire off its stress responses, level the playing field with neutral self-talk phrases such as “Being uncertain simply means that I do not know the future. It does not mean that the future is bad.”

In summary

Since change is inevitable, embrace it. It can lead to beautiful opportunities, even if that change came from a deep loss. When we greet uncertainty and the unknown with self-love and care we have a better chance of maintaining good mental health during the changes that happen in our lives and finding our way to a future that holds many new adventures.

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