How to overcome fear of failure

Some of us knowingly put barriers infront of things we want and talk ourselves out of them due to a fear of failure.

A promotion may come up at your workplace that you have the skills and qualifications for – however you put off applying because your internal voice dismisses it or sees it as unrealistic. The immediate train of thought may be to rule it out. Sound familiar? Perhaps it’s out of a lack of self-belief, not being able to challenge your thoughts or how you are setting your goals.

Our team look over some of the more common ways to address the thinking patterns that create uncertainty and prevent us from achieving our full potential in our infographic on how to overcome fear of failure.

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Breathe – Learn how to breathe effectively. Basic breathing techniques such as deep breathing and progressive muscle relaxation will help to reduce your anxiety and worries.

Goals – Review your goals. Are they achievable? Are they realistic? Set smaller, more achievable goals to start.

Learn – Learn from failure. Think about all the positive lessons that you can learn from failure. Learn from them and grow.

Problem-solve – Develop your coping skills by learning how to effectively problem-solve.

Question – Ask yourself what is the best that can happen? What is the most likely thing to happen? What is the worst thing that can happen?

Imagery – Try and imagine yourself in a situation or scenario performing well. Imagery is a great tool to increase confidence.

Identify – Try and spend some time to identify the root cause and where your fear of failure originates from.

Plan – Have a plan B so that you are prepared for what could happen. This will help to reduce your worries.

Experiment – Plan out a behavioural experiment where you can test out the validity of our belief or thought.

Thinking – Start to challenge your thoughts. When you experience negative thoughts write them down and challenge them with more rational thinking.

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