Everyone will at some point or other, in their lives, experience the fear of failing; whether it’s in work or personal life, it can cause terrible thoughts to build up and can also stunt the growth of a business or even keep an idea from being birthed to life.

However, being fearful (to a point) isn’t a bad thing, it means you care and the added adrenaline can help drive you, however, you know what they say about too much of anything not being good for you.

These steps could help you

Think Positively

Nearly every situation can be improved by positivity. Positivity is a very powerful mind tool which can be utilised in building your confidence and seeing the best in every situation. Fear of failure breeds self-sabotage, even if you don’t believe it; you will eventually sabotage your own plans. Positive thinking can help negate this and keep you on the path to success. So why not tell yourself a few positive things every morning: ” I will plan well and I will succeed”, ” I can do this”, ” I am talented and can make it”, ” I am amazing”. Try words of affirmation and even go as far as writing them into sticky notes for your bathroom mirrors and using them as screen savers for your mobile/laptop. Soon enough, it’ll be easier to imbibe.


The experts recommend using visualisation techniques when facing fear; this is used to help those who suffer from anxiety. Visualise the situation in which you are afraid of, now rather than shying away from it, allow yourself to feel the fear and imagine yourself moving forward past it; see yourself succeeding despite your fear. Why not create a vision board for the results you want to see.

Have a plan B

If the fear of failure is stopping you from doing something, then look to set a plan B. Set yourself a backup plan to make you feel more comfortable, with that in place you may be willing to take greater, more rewarding risks, knowing you have something to fall back on.

Set yourself goals

At the beginning set small, manageable goals to do things you would normally not do. This will encourage you to continue through the fear. You could be anything from talking to a new colleague to applying for a job; as soon as your start conquering these small goals, you will feel more confident and be able to set yourself larger ones. Don’t forget to set deadlines for those goals, because goals without deadlines are merely wishes.

Look to the greats

Sir Richard Branson, the founder of the Virgin Group (owns one of the biggest airlines today , Virgin Atlantic) was a high school drop-out and take a look at Coco Channel who never saw the four walls of school only to embark on becoming the founder of the Chanel brand that is now a leading high end designer brand. When the going gets tough, remember those who didn’t let a stumble get in their way. There are countless women and men who lose it all the time, only to gain it back even greater in the end. Everyone will have set-backs, but the key is to keep going and believe in you.

What do you do to help you get over your fears? Feel free to share with us in the comments section below. 

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