There are many people who never achieve success in life because of their extreme fear of failure.
Yes, it might sound like an exaggeration, but the truth is that fear of failure is a very serious problem that affects millions of people.
In this article, we are going to be talking about some details that are going to give you signs that you probably fear failure and what you need to do to overcome it.
1. You worry about what others will say
This is the first one because it’s the most common reason why people fear failure.
They are more afraid of thinking that people are going to be talking about them and making fun of them than they are of failure itself.
2. You fear that people will lose interest in being around you
This is not as common as the first one, but plenty of people have reported that their main fear is that people will no longer find them interesting.
3. You feel like failure is going to force you to play it safe
The truth is that failing is not a good feeling for most people. Some people think that the feelings of fear of failure are too intense and this will force them never to try anything risky again.
4. You tell people that you are not expecting success
People with a clear fear of failure will always say that they don’t expect to succeed with something they try and this makes them feel like people will lower their expectations about the outcome.
This is a very common defense mechanism for people with a strong fear of failure.
5. Failing makes you doubt your intelligence
You question your intelligence whenever you experience failure.
This is one of the reasons why many people who fail once will usually never take any risks again.
How to overcome this fear
You only need to think about one single thing that is going to allow you to move forward and avoid being held back in life because of this fear.
Failure is almost inevitable on the road to success. There have only been a handful of cases that involved “one hit wonders” that had the perfect idea or created the perfect business venture from their very first attempt, but this is not the case of most successful people.
The best way to overcome this fear is to know that failure is a symptom of being on the road to success. It’s up to you to decide to continue moving forward every time you hit a bump or if you give up and stand still while life passes you by.
Success requires a healthy amount of failure and in some cases, there have been very famous and inspiring people who failed dozens of times and continued to move forward. Most people will never try again after one failure and this is the reason why they never succeed.
Over to you
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