In a previous blog post, we addressed overcoming the fear of rejection in your career. We also noted that there are many types of fear that one must combat in both their personal life and professional life.
In this week’s blog post, we’re going to address another type of fear. That type is the fear of failure.
Like the fear of rejection, the fear of failure is one that most people experience, to one degree or another.
With this in mind, below are four ways that you can combat and overcome the fear of failure in your career:
#1—Train yourself to think positively.
Everything starts in your mind, and when you focus on irrational fears and you assume that the worst-case scenario is going to happen. To combat this, you must do exactly the opposite. You must visualize the best-case scenario. In other words, you must visualize yourself experiencing success.
#2—Set realistic expectations.
Unrealistic expectations are the quickest way to feelings of inadequacy, and those feelings can lead to another fear—the fear of rejection. Instead, set aggressive but realistic goals that will move your career forward.
#3—Do NOT try to be perfect.
Perfectionism is an obstacle to career growth. Instead, embrace the mantra of “Progress, not perfection,” Progress is all about moving forward in the face of uncertainty.
#4—Accept the fact that failure is part of success.
There is no escaping failure. You’re going to fail at something at some point in your life. Avoiding failure is not the key to success. The key is how you handle failure when it does happen. Those people who are able to learn from their mistakes are the ones who are more successful in what they do.
Take these steps today to start conquering the fear of failure. And position yourself for more success and more career growth!
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