Hello and welcome to a piece of peace, your weekly dose of motivation and inspiration. This week I would like to speak on the topic of “overcoming your fear of failure”. Let me begin by asking this simple question. What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail? How would that affect your attitude and disposition towards that activity you were about to carry out?

How many of us have been so afraid of failing at something that you decided not to try at all in order to avoid the embarrassment or rejection? Sometimes even our fear of failure, subconsciously, leads to us undermining our own efforts to avoid the possibility of a larger failure.

Many of us have probably experienced this at one time or another. The fear of failing can be immobilizing – it can cause us to do nothing, and therefore resist moving forward. But when we allow fear to stop our forward progress in life, we're likely to fall short of achieving our fullest potential.

It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all in which case you fail by default.

We all have different benchmarks, values and belief systems which means that our individual definitions of failure will differ from one person to the other. That means what you may see as you failing at a particular task could mean a great learning experience for someone else. To be truly innovative, you will fail every now and again. Fear of failure can have several causes: from childhood events to mistakes we've made in our adult lives. It's important to realize that we always have a choice: we can choose to be afraid, or we can choose not to be.

However, if you are experiencing apprehension towards a particular activity today here are a few ways to reduce that fear:

·      Analyze all potential outcomes – Many people experience fear of failure because they fear the unknown. Remove that fear by considering all of the potential outcomes of your decision.
·      Learn to think more positively – Positive thinking is an incredibly powerful way to build self-confidence and neutralize self-sabotage..
·      Look at the worse case scenario – In some cases, the worst-case scenario may be genuinely disastrous, and it may be perfectly rational to fear failure. In other cases, however, this worst case may actually not be that bad, and recognizing this can help.
·      Have a contingency plan   – If you're afraid of failing at something, having a "Plan B" in place can help you feel more confident about moving forward.
·    We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling. If you want to keep on learning, you must keep on risking failure all your life”. John W. Gardner
The only power that can control your success is your Fears. Shed them and immediately realize God’s plan for your life and remember to always be yourself because everyone else is taken.

Much Love,
Peace Hyde



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