Fear of failure is something that I personally have had hold me back from doing things because I used to I think that failing meant that I was unworthy, or not good enough, or maybe I was afraid to fail because I didn’t want to be judged.
Failing is Just Results
Just recently, I’ve started looking at failing differently. The way I look at it now is that failing is results, that’s all it is. There is no good and no bad it’s simply a result. Meaning, If I try something and I fail then I get to look at the results and decide what I can do differently so that my results are different. I get to keep moving forward.
Which is a phrase I’ve heard recently. It means that even if you fail you are still making progress. It is when you aren’t trying you are failing. Meaning, you are staying stagnant. There is no movement forward. Failing and not being successful means, you took steps forward and maybe all of it didn’t work out but you moved forward.
Successful People Fail
There are many, many examples of people who are wildly successful that in the beginning failed. Oprah for example is wildly successful and impactful. Yet she was fired from her first job as an anchor. Dr. Seuss has many books that have been popular for decades. His first book was rejected 27 times. Michael Jordan was cut from his high school basketball team. Walt Disney was told that he didn’t have any creativity or imagination from his editor. The list goes on and on.
Stop Fearing Failure
I challenge you to stop being afraid of taking a step. Stop being afraid of doing something because you might fail. Ask yourself am I not doing whatever it is because I am afraid that I will fail? Really look at how you view failure. Have you attached failure to something that isn’t true such as feeling not worthy if you fail? Maybe you feel not capable or not lovable. If you’re not failing, you’re not trying, and if you’re not trying you don’t get a chance.