Fear of failure is very natural, and common to all of us. Almost everyone has experienced the fear of failure at different stages in their lifetime. There is nothing wrong with fear of failure up to a certain level. In fact, it alerts you to pay more attention to the situations and make a course correction when some unexpected problems occur. But when fear of failure prohibits you from making decisions and taking actions, then it really becomes a problem and need to be taken care of. If you do hesitate and procrastinate what you need to do, due to the fear of failure, here are a few tips that help you overcome it and move forward in life:
1) ACKNOWLEDGE AND ACCEPT YOUR FEAR
It is impossible for anyone to go through life without being scared, but acknowledgement and acceptance of fear pave the way to overcome it, and move forward in life. If you have the fear of failure, you should acknowledge it to understand the root cause of your fear and accept it so that you can do something to overcome it. Pretending not to be fearful and ignoring it is not going to help you anyway and you would not dare to go beyond your comfort zone to make your life worthwhile to live. So acknowledgement and acceptance of fear are the first step to make an effort to overcome the fear of failure and paves the way for success in your life.
2) LOWER EXPECTATIONS FROM LIFE
Accept the fact that you are not always going to succeed in everything, no matter how much skilled you are and also have accurate plan you have. The life has been designed in such a way that failure is an inevitable part of it. That is why, you should not have over expectations from life and be ready to accept failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. If you wait until you figure out the perfect way to do things for the guaranteed success, you will finally do nothing in life. You can only lower the risk of failure through putting an effort to acquire the requisite skills and training, but the risk to get failed will be always there. So it is wise to lower your expectations from life, and learn to accept the probability of failure on the way to be successful in life.
3) CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE
Do not interpret failure as a dreadful thing, but as a stepping stone towards success. When you do fail, it proves that you have at least understand how you cannot succeed, so that you can make amends in your approach so that you have no way else to go but to succeed? If you would be able to be optimistic in the face of failure, you realize that failure gives you an opportunity to learn good lessons that would be valuable in future. Without failure, you never get an opportunity to add new experiences in your life. If you visualize closely, you will realize that failures give the opportunity to learn good lessons so that you do not repeat the same mistake again in life. Without failure, you never learn and grow to your true potential. Always keep in mind that Failure is a temporary phase of life, not a permanent unless you give up. After all, the greatest glory in life is in the increased determination to succeed every time you fail.
4) LOVE SUCCESS MORE THAN FEAR OF FAILURE
In life, it is not failure, but it is the success that matters. It does not matter how much time you have failed, but the one success that comes after the many failures that count. All the negative things you fear people will think about you in the face of failure is nothing; it would appear very much trivial in comparison to the rewards if get succeeded. What really counts is the moments when you succeed and this is what that make a difference in your life as well as your surroundings. That is why you should analyze what success brings in terms of name, fame, monetary benefits, and step ahead to realize your dream of life. Learn to love success more than you do fear of failure and you would definitely make an attempt to overcome the fear of failure.
5) BUILD YOUR SELF-ESTEEM
One of the biggest causes for the fear of failure is to get worried about what others will think when you would not succeed in your attempt. Building self-esteem would help you to care less about what others think. The greatest success of life is to live it on your own terms; not let the opinion of others dictates terms in your life. Ultimately, it is your life and you are responsible to make it happy and enriching. So, have faith in yourself and be confident to face the challenges of life to get success in life. Accept who you are as a person and strive to build your self-esteem little by little so that the fear of failure does not stop you from following your dream and realizing them.
Hence, the ultimate truth is that there is a probability of failure in every action you take but to move forward in life, you have to take risks. It is rightly said that the bigger the risk, greater the reward. There is no guaranteed success in anything that is worthwhile, and as a human being you are not able to make a full-proof plan to realize your dream of life. However, you should not let the fear of failure dictates terms in your life. Even if your attempt of doing something carries a certain risk of failure, you should take risks to do it to move forward in life unless it is life-threatening. So you need to make an effort to overcome the fear of failure so that you can stay in the present moment and write down your own success story.