1. Train your mind to take risks so that you don’t have any regrets later.
Life is a game of chance, which means you can’t always expect to win. However, if you are afraid of failing, you will be hesitant to take risks. This may save you from ’embarrassments,’ if failures are considered such, but you will always be left with ‘what ifs.’ Seeing others achieve what you’ve always wanted will make you regret passing up opportunities.
2. Read the accounts of successful people who failed numerous times before finally succeeding.
Understanding that all successful people have gone through discouraging failures before achieving their rewards is one of the best ways to overcome your fear of failure. Rather than being despondent, the majority of them used their setbacks as motivation to work harder in order to succeed. Finally, they’ve demonstrated that failures can be used as stepping stones to new heights—it all depends on how you look at it.
3. Recognize that failure is a necessary part of success.
You are not perfect, so you cannot expect to achieve your objectives flawlessly on the first try. Life is a series of trials and errors, and it is up to you to decide when to stop trying. Just remember that you can never win if you quit, and there is always a chance to win if you don’t quit.
4. Recognize that failing is not something to be ashamed of.
Criminal acts are the only ones that should make one feel embarrassed. You should not be ashamed of making mistakes unless you have caused harm to others. To clarify, a failure does not define a person, but rather his or her character.
5. Stop worrying about what others will think of you.
One of the reasons most people are afraid of failing is what others will say about them. It is natural for humans to seek approval and appreciation from others, but basing your worth on how others perceive you is unhealthy. Remember that no one has the right to pass judgment on you, and even those who do make mistakes.
6. View each setback as an opportunity to improve your craft.
Instead of being disheartened when you fail, take it as a challenge to try harder the next time. Determine why you failed and how you can avoid making the same mistake on your next attempt. Learn from your mistakes and apply what you’ve learned to get a better result the next time.
7. Consider failure to be a character test.
What aggravates a failure is failing to respond appropriately to it. Most of the time, failures occur in your life to put your character to the test. Some resort to blaming others, criticizing those who have succeeded, and failing to be sporty enough to accept defeat. On the other hand, the best way to deal with such a situation is to be humble, open to suggestions and criticism, and persistent in striving to do better.
8. Take heart from those who have failed numerous times in the past.
Listening to the stories of people you know is another way to encourage yourself to overcome this fear. There must be many people around you who have tasted defeat before achieving sweet victories. Learn from how they got back up after each fall, and don’t give up on your own fight.
9. Always give your best effort.
You cannot always be the winner, but what is important is that you give your all in everything you do. If you lose or fail despite doing your best, you will have no regrets because you know you gave it your all. If, on the other hand, you failed due to mediocrity, you will have ‘what if’s. Instead of focusing on the prize, concentrate on how you can deliver excellence first.
Return and Try Again
Do not let previous failures deter you from pursuing your dreams. Why give up when you still have a chance to succeed as long as you are alive? “Try and try again until you succeed,” as the saying goes. Take advantage of the next opportunity that comes your way.