Fear of Failure-it’s Overrated

The fear of failure is quite common whether you are starting a new job, entering college, or even entering your chosen field as a college graduate. However, you should know that fear is NOT a bad thing, but it’s a gift.

If you recall, several years ago a book was published entitled, The Gift of Fear, by Gavin de Becker. This book was honing in on how fear serves us well, almost as if it were intuition. As it turns out, he is right, but it also tells us something else that is very important. That one thing is that fear tells us what areas of our life we need to work on most, and what we need to overcome.

In this respect, whether you realize it or not, fear is a good thing. In it’s own way it can protect you, and it will give you the ability to see right through to the heart of your weakness. Therefore you know your strengths!

So, why do I say that the fear of failure is overrated? Simply put, it is overrated because fear is always noted as being a bad thing, and it’s the one thing that could change your business forever!

Stop the Fear of Failure for Good!

Okay, so how do you stop the fear of failfure? It’s actually easier than you think; here goes.

YOU FEEL THE FEAR AND DO IT ANYWAY.

This is a classic quote, and while I can’t remember who said it, it’s true! The only way you can build a business of your own, no matter what the busines is, is to do the things you fear most, and break out of your comfort zone. There are so many things I still have to work on, so I can attest to the fact that this is true!

Unless you are able to do those things you fear most, you’ll never achieve true success in your life or business. Now, this isn’t to say that you won’t have any success at all, but it will take you a lot longer than it would otherwise. The world of building an online business is still sort of new to me, because by trade, I am a firefighter. I had to learn things that were completely foreign to what I do, and I fight fires!

Some of these things that I have overcome, and you will need to work on include:

  1. Talking to people you don’t know
  2. Becoming a skilled storyteller
  3. Recruiting others into your business (only by creating value :-) 
  4. Making videos of yourself sharing valuable information and putting them on YouTube and other sites

There are so many aspects of building your business, that these are just a few I’ve named here. So, will you resolve to feel fear but do it anyway? Will you resolve to NOT let anything stop you, so that you can grow a business that flourishes and pays you back for life?

Overcoming the Fear of Failure by Playing to Your Strengths

Now that I’ve given you something to think about, how can you start overcoming that fear of failure and taking steps each day to better yourself? Something I recommend, is playing to your strengths. Don’t focus on things you can’t do, focus on those things you CAN do. In fact, I don’t even like the word can’t. Eliminate it from your vocabulary!

There is something I would like for you to do. As soon as you are done reading this blog post, go to www.strengthsfinder.com. The book, Strengthsfinder 2.0 was written by Tom Rath, and it can help you identify what will serve you best in life and in your business. If you know what your strengths are, you’ll be able to identify your weaknesses easily.

The point is to prepare yourself for anything, at all times. The only way you can do that is to take this test, and read the book. I do NOT make any commission off of this referral, but I highly recommend that you take the test, and put yourself in a position for succes!

Remember, fear isn’t a bad thing, and we all feel it at  certain times in our lives. If you need more help, find a life coach to help you get through it, and without  even realizing it, you’ll be overcoming the “fear of failure” in no time!

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