Four steps successful people take to overcome fear of failure

This interesting article by Forbes outlines the steps to take to embrace the fear of failure and reach your goal.

Firstly, it is crucial to identify what you want. This helps you to keep sight of your vision and ultimate goal, especially when you are overcome with fear. When you are fearful, focus on your end goal to stabilise yourself and be in a better position to tackle it.

After you have clarity on your ultimate goal, you need to own up to what is making you fearful. Is it the fear of criticism or the fear of not being able to be yourself? There is a need to understand this fear so that you can overcome it successfully.

Thirdly, don’t let fear weaken you. Instead, find strength in your fear. Capture the energy that you are putting into being afraid , and use it to conquer your fear. In the end, it is prudent to remember that fear can’t hold you down if you don’t let it.

Lastly, you need to start feeling comfortable with the uncomfortable. Always seek to push yourself out of your comfort zone. If you are not feeling slightly uncomfortable, you are not putting yourself out there and not moving towards your goal.

Ultimately, to achieve your goals, see fear as the key to help you clarify your path forward. Identify your goal, realise what is stopping you from achieving it, feel the discomfort and start getting used to the uncomfortable.

This is a good article to motivate our students and ourselves as well. Often, it is the fear of failure itself that paralyses us. If we can train ourselves to see beyond that, we will certainly have a higher chance of succeeding. The key is to get out of our comfort zones and face all the challenges head on.

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