Blast Past Fear of Failure and Soar
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Half of all adults admit that fear of failure is the biggest roadblock to not achieving or even revisiting their goals.
Fear blocks action. Fear causes our brain to engage in the wrong conversation. But you can reframe the way that failure is viewed for yourself or others.
6 powerful reframes:
1) There are only 3 ways to actually fail. When we quit, when we don’t improve, or when we never try.
2) Failure is an event, not a person. Never over-generalize that these one-time occasions are who you are.
3) Failure doesn’t happen to you, it happens for you. Believe that when you fail, it was for a reason. Perhaps so you could experience a sweeter tasting success later on or so you could learn something vital for eventual success.
Failure is a delay, not a detour.
4) You don’t suffer when you fail, your ego does. And your ego is NOT you. It’s but one small part of you – albeit the loudest, whiniest, most demanding portion that needs to be knocked down a notch anyway.
5) Your fear of failure shouldn’t scare you. It’s trying to tell you something’s worth it. You wouldn’t fear failing at something inconsequential, right?
6) Failure is a key part of your portfolio. A well-managed career is like a diversified portfolio. The ideal career contains a wide range of job opportunities including risky ones ripe with adventure, experimentation, and yes, even failure. The net of these experiences combines to form a career with a high potential for growth.
Scott Mautz is a keynote speaker and author of Find the Fire: Reignite Your Inspiration & Make Work Exciting Again. He’s a Procter & Gamble veteran who successfully ran several of the company’s largest multi-billion-dollar businesses and an adjunct professor at Indiana University. To learn more about Scott or to connect with him on social, visit scottmautz.com.