How Do You Get Past the Fear of Failure?

You’re afraid, nervous, fearful.

You know, that feeling you get in your gut when you think you don’t measure up, you’re not like everybody else, and you’re just not good enough.

Do you have what it takes?


Are you willing to put your work out there and possibly risk rejection, or worse….




How do you get past the fear of failure?

I mean actually beat it, conquer it and overcome it until it no longer has a hold on you?

While I don’t claim to be an expert in this area as I still struggle with this frequently, (weekly…daily…hourly…Ok so this very minute!), I have a few ideas that might help you get past that pesky nuisance that keeps us feeling weighed down and stuck in our tracks.


Decide what you’re afraid of.

So you’re afraid of failure.

But what exactly does that look like?

Are you afraid of your friends and family finding out if you don’t succeed at becoming a writer or launching your desired project?

Or do you think everyone on Facebook will be laughing at you if your articles aren’t good enough?

What exactly is it that makes your palms sweaty, your face flush and your heartbeat race?


Once you know, then think about this.


Figure out why you’re afraid of it.

Do you think if your friends and family doubt your abilities then maybe they’re right and you should just give up?

Are you worried that you’ll be the laughing stock of your circle of friends?


Figuring out your reason will bring you clarity by knowing what is truly behind your fear.


Then, do this.


Come up with one thing you can do that will put you a step closer to your goal.


Choose a task to work on, and then work on it until it’s complete.

Or you might share your latest blog post on Facebook.

Whatever it might be, do something!

Sometimes taking a step in the right direction, even just one small, tiny step, will get us moving and pushing past our fears.

As we step away from our fears it will also get us a step further away from failure!


The biggest cure for failure is action!


As much as taking action will allow us to step out and get past our fear of failure, it does something else as well.


It gives us confidence.


And confidence, in turn, gives us more reason to keep moving.

The better we feel about ourselves, our work, and the direction we’re headed, the more our fear diminishes.


But even though it diminishes, it usually doesn’t totally go away.


So now what?

Three simple words.


Do it afraid!


Taking action will help you overcome your fear of failure, but it won’t totally destroy it.


Fear, of anything, has a way of digging in its heels and taking up residency for the long haul.

We can feel fear, but we don’t have to act on it…we can choose how to respond, move forward and live.

We can choose to get to work and head toward our goals, one step at a time.


How do you get past the fear of failure?

By chasing your dream, doing your best work, giving it your all, and moving forward.

By doing it afraid.


Has there been a time in your life when you had to get past your fear and do it afraid? We’d love to hear from you, please leave us a comment below!

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