What To Do When Fear of Failure Holds You Back

Afraid to get started because you're afraid of failure? You're not alone. Here are my strategies for moving beyond the fear.

Chances are, if you’ve got a goal, you’ve also got a dose of Fear of Failure.

The fear of not accomplishing what we hope to or would like to means that we don’t share our goals with others and we play small. We talk ourselves out of more ambitious efforts because we feel like it could be a waste of time.

I see this a lot with my clients. They’re hesitant to put in the work on a job search because they have no idea if it will pay off or not.

And you know what? The truth is I don’t know if their job search will pay off or not.

Yes, there are lots of structural barriers to employment.

But when something is really important to you, like a meaningful career, than you owe it to yourself to put in the effort, regardless of the outcome.

We often keep our lofty goals and our gifts to ourselves rather than risk failing in front of other people — even though telling people and having support along the way could actually help us achieve our goals.

There are going to be lots of challenges along the way. Don’t let yourself become one of them!

I created a worksheet that I use with clients to help coach them through working through fear. Make sure you download it to help you get started.

Conquer Your Fear!

Your fear of failure - or even common mistakes - is holding you back. This worksheet will coach you through how to take action even when you're scared!

Remember, there are things worse than failing.

Like never giving your goal the effort that it deserves!

How would you feel in 1 or 5 or 10 years if you never even tried?

You’re job is just to get started.

What’s the easiest possible way that you could get started?

There are lots of possible outcomes and lessons you can learn by pursuing something that matters.

Heck, you’ll probably even experience some success.

And if you need some inspiration, I love this interview with WP-BFF Founder, Shannon Mattern, where I asked her to reflect on a time that she failed and she experienced so much failure that she  couldn’t even choose just one! But she kept going and now her business is huge!

(If perfectionism is a big block for you, make sure you check out this post over here for my tips on how to deal with that little gremlin!)

Conquer Your Fear!

Your fear of failure - or even common mistakes - is holding you back. This worksheet will coach you through how to take action even when you're scared!

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