Fear of Failure
After a long chat earlier on in the week with a close friend, I realised that a fear of failure is one of the worst things a person can possess.
I’ve always been quite a confident person who comes across of quite fearless, I’ve not really given it too much thought, but reflecting on some of the conversations I’ve had with friends this year makes me think I am very lucky not to be plagued with this affliction (too often).
If you think about it, it’s quite easy to spot when someone has a fear of failure. It comes in many formats but ultimately it’s a debilitating feeling that you shouldn’t do something as you might not be good enough.
Well what if you are?
Did you ever think about that?
What about, even if you didn’t get it 100% right, or whatever you tried to do, didn’t work out perfectly? Surely the fact you gave it a go means you are braver and stronger than the person who sat there and said no?
I think fear of failure is holding a lot of us back. We don’t want to look stupid in front of other people, to have them judge us on not being smart enough, strong enough, fast enough or talented enough.
I think 2016 is the year that we should all stand up to fear, and that inner nagging doubt that says you aren’t good enough and embrace whatever it is you want to give a go.
Yes, you are enough. As long as you tried your best, had some fun whilst doing it and feel proud of your own achievements. That’s enough. Stop measuring yourself against others and tell fear to go to hell!
I hope this inspires you to make a New Year’s resolution that says, I no longer fear the fear of failure and yes whatever I do in life will be good enough for me and those around me who love me.
Let’s stop judging others if they don’t quite make the grade and celebrate the fact that they gave it a go. That way we can all be a bit kinder, try our best at everything without fear of being inadequate.
What has fear been holding you back from trying and what would you like to achieve in 2016?
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