Here is the biggest irony to me about “the mighty fear of failure” that most people have – we all have failed at something at some point in our lives. Find me someone who has never failed and you’ll be looking at either the luckiest person alive or at someone who has never lived. We are not strangers to failure so why be so afraid of it?
“Nothing ventured, nothing gained.” The saying dates back to Chaucer (c. 1374)
Failing is a natural and quite frankly and unfortunately expected part of life…so I have some questions for you for you to help me understand your fear of failure:
What does failure mean to you?
What does failure look like?
What is there to be afraid of in failure?
Are you afraid of failing or afraid of the size of your failure? Or to phrase it differently, are you afraid of what will be lost as an outcome of the failure?
Are you afraid of failure or afraid of losing what you have from the risk(s) you took?
Are you afraid of failure or afraid of being embarrassed by your failure?
Are you afraid of failure or afraid of letting yourself and other people down?
Is there something you can fail at and never recover from?
You must open our eyes to the core, root and the bottom line of what we are afraid of when we say “I’m afraid to fail.”
“Whether You Believe You Can, Or You Can’t, You Are Right”- Henry Ford
I have experienced small, medium and monumental failures…I am without a doubt better for it: smarter, wiser, clever, experienced, and resourceful.
Failure is growth.
Failure is experience.
Failure is knowledge.
Failure is maturity.
Failure is learning.
Failure is knowing because failure is having tried.
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