Fear is one of the major reasons why people don’t want to work on or pursue their dreams in life. The fear of being different, the fear of challenging the status quo… of being challenged and questioned and most importantly, the fear of failing (aka atychiphobia). If you are dealing with these…….guess what, you are right that you will be challenged. You stand a chance of being different and most importantly, …….you might fail. Yep!!! You probably won’t get it right the first or second time. But do not despair. Do not be alarmed. Did you know that Abraham Lincoln, the 16th President of the U.S. failed 11 times on different aspects of his political struggles between the year 1832 to 1860 when he finally became the US President? Did you also know that in that same span of years, he was successful in 16 struggles which he crowned with becoming the President of the U.S. in 1860. Read more on Abraham Lincoln’s failures and successes here.
A word on failure- Failure helps you to know what is right from what is wrong. Failure builds your resistance, it toughens you up. It prepares you for bigger challenges. When you encounter a bump in the pursuit of your goal, take it as a learning ground. I have not heard of any successful man who has never failed at one thing or the other in life. Perception is key. How you react to failing will determine whether you will continue, remain stagnant. My point is… don’t let the fear of failing cripple you from pursuing your goals.
4 ways to reduce the fear of failing.
- Prepare and equip yourself before you start- Do a lot of research before delving into any project. Educate yourself. Get informed. Collaborate with people who have worked the same road before you so you may know the challenges. Knowing the challenges helps you to build a contingency plan……
- Have a plan B (Contingency plan) – I have a friend that does not go into any project without having a plan B………..a-n-d C. Try to look into the future of your goal. Analyze it from every angle and try to envisage problems that might be encountered along the way, then build your contingency plan around it. In product development, this is called failure mode and effects analysis (FMEA).
- Have a positive attitude-The power of positive thinking cannot be overemphasized when beginning a journey. Have a positive mindset that things will work out. Meet every challenge with a positive attitude. You will be amazed at how differently you will perceive different situations.
- Lastly, believe in yourself- For your dreams to come true, it starts with you. You have to see yourself achieving it. You have to be confident in your ability. Self-confidence and self-esteem are qualities that will help you stand when external factors challenge your dreams. These are some of the ways I follow when I have a goal ahead of me. I’m sure you have your own ways as well. Please share these with me and other TW readers. Let us continue the list. You can leave your comment in the “leave a reply” box below. Looking forward to reading from you…. 🙂
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