Overcome and conquer the fear of failure

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Nobody likes to fail. The fear of failing might be so intense that it overshadows the desire to achieve. Many people unknowingly hinder their chances of success due to their fear of doing things properly.

People aren’t afraid of failure. They are stressed out because of the projected negative repercussions of failing. Fear may lead to low self-esteem, avoidance of difficult activities, pessimism, and even dishonesty.

Psychologists have identified five key things that people worry would happen if they fail:

  • Feelings of shame and humiliation
  • Changing perspective on themselves 
  • uncertain future 
  • causing annoyance to others
  • Others who are important are losing interest.

If you’re terrified of failing, you’ll avoid potentially dangerous circumstances.

Fear of failure prevents you from attempting, instills self-doubt, stymies growth, and may drive you to compromise your values.

What causes fear of failure

Childhood Patterns

Children acquire harmful beliefs as a result of overly judgmental adults.

They impose deadlines and fear-based restrictions. As a result, youngsters feel compelled to beg for permission and reassurance all of the time. This demand for approval follows them throughout adulthood.


Fear of failure is frequently fueled by perfectionism. Failure is so terrifying and humiliating to perfectionists that they don’t even attempt. Getting out of your comfort zone might be frightening.


We may over-identify with failures as a result of our ego. It’s difficult to see past failure and consider factors like effort quality, mitigating circumstances, or development chances.

False confidence

True confidence recognizes that they will not always succeed. A person with shaky self-esteem avoids taking chances. They’d rather stay safe than take a chance.


Policy of no shame

The dread of humiliation and disgrace is the most frequent fear of failure among young people. This may be observed in students who don’t provide a response to a question in class because they don’t want to seem terrible in front of their classmates, or in athletes who play it safe because they don’t want to be the one to make a mistake. Trying is frowned upon by these individuals. Attempting and failing is not regarded as cool. We may overcome this anxiety by establishing an environment in which failure is not met with laughter, mockery, or humiliation.

Address the issue 

 Psychologists think that people deal with circumstances in one of three ways. Avoidant, Emotional, and Problem-Focused are the three types. Assume you’re concerned about snakes in your yard. You may decide to avoid going into your garden forever (avoidant focused), persuade yourself that having snakes in your backyard isn’t that horrible (emotion focused), or go into your garden and get rid of the snakes (action focused) (problem focused). While avoidant and emotion focused coping may give temporary respite, problem focused coping tackles the problem front on, helping you to achieve long-term results. Don’t hide your head in the sand like an ostrich. Work out how you can make anything better if something is bothering you.

Make errors and learn from them 

 A psychologist in America researched how elementary school kids felt about an approaching examination . Some regarded it as a chance to assess how much they’d learned, while others saw it as an opportunity to compare themselves to their peers. Task-oriented people (incidentally, this was the foundation of some of Carol Dweck’s early research) are those who are focused on their learning. Creating a task-oriented atmosphere (by concentrating more on individual growth and less in comparison to others) should boost motivation, self-control, academic achievement, and anxiety.

Don’t keep it to yourself 

Groups are frequently more powerful than individuals, so if anything is bothering you, talk to a parent, friend, teacher, or coach. These individuals can provide guidance, support, or simply listen to you. Olympic winners adopt a variety of tactics to enhance their resilience, including utilizing the resources available to them.

Analyze your worries 

Is it possible that your concerns are unreasonable and unlikely to come true? “I’ve had a lot of anxieties in my life, most of which never happened,” Mark Twain famously stated. This is an excellent phrase because it accurately reflects how many students, for no apparent reason, worry about the worst-case situation. It’s important to reassure them that if they’ve put in the effort, there’s no need to fear the worst.

Focus on what you can change 

When individuals concentrate on what they can’t change, they get upset or anxious. It provides people a sense of assurance and confidence by assisting them in focusing on what they can manage. Elite athletes, such as Tom Daley, refer to this as being process oriented, which means focusing on what they need to do (the process) to give themselves the best chance of success rather than the outcome (which they can’t control). The same is true at school: pupils have no control over their grades, but they may stay focused if they focus on what they can control (their effort, their attitude, how organized they are).

Embrace the gray 

In education and sport, the end outcome may sometimes mask flaws. A high grade or a victory in their most recent competition may lead young people to believe that everything is OK. On the other hand, a bad grade or a loss makes everything look doom and gloom. This type of black-and-white thinking can lead to worry, tension, and a weakened sense of self-worth. Better indicators include your attitude, effort, and what you’ve learnt, which are more likely to result in the excellent grades and victories that they seek.

Make a contingency plan

It’s never a bad idea to have a back-up plan in place. When the worst has happened, the last thing you want to do is hunt for a solution. The ancient saying is a solid piece of advice:

“Look for the good, but prepare for the worst.”

Having a backup plan allows you to go forward with more confidence and take reasonable risks.

Maybe you’ve applied for a grant to help support a project at work. Because there are always numerous approaches to a problem, having a backup is a fantastic method to alleviate fear of failure.

Final Words

To overcome our fear of failure, we must first identify its source and reframe our perceptions of failure. It’s simpler to overcome fear when failure is viewed as an opportunity for progress and all possible outcomes have been considered.

Maintain an optimistic attitude, make a backup plan, and learn from your mistakes. Rather than being humiliating, your failures will serve as a source of learning and motivation.

Failures can sometimes turn out to be blessings in disguise. Strive for your aspirations and long-term objectives with vigor.


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