3 Ways to Deal with the Fear of Failure


Everyone wants success, but not everyone finds it. Failure can come often when our goals are lofty and worthwhile. And with failure, sometimes the fear of failure begins to dog us. So let’s take a look at a few ways in which we can beat this fear.

#1 Don’t Fixate On Your Failures

Failure isn’t a bad thing. It is an opportunity to start once again, but wiser, having learnt from our mistakes. So stop worrying too much about your failures. Pick up what lessons you can from them and move on. Don’t let your commitment waver. Once you have looked at your situation with clarity, choose your goal and go at it relentlessly. After all, just ask yourself, “What is fear?” Fear is a conditioning of your mind. Researchers have even mapped out the brain’s activity during fear. So it is important that rather than being enslaved by the mind, we master it. Only then will it work to our benefit. Even the greatest pioneers in their fields failed several times before meeting success. The key is to remain focused on what you wish to achieve and why.

#2 Find Inspiration in the Greats

Henry Ford, the automobile magnate and industrialist who invented the production line, redefined the way we go about industrial production and lived a life that saw great success. Ford’s ethos in life is probably epitomized in his quote which says, “The only real mistake is the one from which we learn nothing.” Obviously that motto worked very well for him and helped him re-innovate the very way we do business. To be able to put aside thoughts of past failures is an integral part of success. Even the greatest pioneers in their fields failed several times before meeting success.

#3 Know Your Limits

Don’t be an overachiever or a blind risk-taker. Research has shown that those who jump into risks blindly can have more troubled lives. As if we needed a research paper to tell us that! Know what you are willing to take on and don’t be pressured into accepting more than you wish to take up. You needn’t judge yourself by someone else’s standards or workloads. Be clear about the priorities in your life. Is family time important? Or do you only care about that promotion? Once you prioritize the various aspects of your life, stick to them and things will fall into place. Of course, this doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t take any risks at all or aim high. Just don’t jump into things without weighing the consequences.

Ananya Mathur