Nobody likes failing. In fact, most of us dread it. But while it may seem like failure is the worst-case scenario, it may be just the opposite. The worst-case scenario might actually be that your fear of failing stops you from being successful. Here are just a few ways that fear of failure may be holding you back:
- It takes an emotional toll. Living in fear is an exhausting way to live. Negative emotional mindsets like fear can damage everything from your relationships to your physical health, while a positive mindset can be a great motivator!
- It limits your potential. Our fear of failure strikes the hardest when we leave our comfort zones. People who let that fear govern them are less likely to push their boundaries and try new things — even if those new things could be incredible. Fear of failure forces you to play it safe, even though taking risks can be the key to success.
- It’s being blown out of proportion. Next time you’re afraid of failing, stop and ask yourself, “What’s the worst that can happen?” Most of the time, even the worst possible result (which is unlikely to happen) isn’t the end of the world.
Instead of seeing failure as the end of the line, try looking at it as a step in the process. Everyone fails — it’s the people who keep trying who eventually reach the finish line!