Overcoming Obstacles: Fear of Failure

June 27, 2023by Lisa Philp


We all long for success but we often have to struggle for it. And while we think we fear failure, or at least don’t want it around us — we all face it in one form or another every day. Everyone fails. But, failure is relative. Its measurement is subjective. Mostly it occurs in your mind. If you exchange “I failed” for “I learned what never to do again,” it’s a completely different mindset. The status of failure is up to you.

Yes, it’s true that Thomas Edison is often cited as an example of perseverance in the face of failure. Edison is known for his invention of the practical incandescent light bulb, which revolutionized the way we live our lives. However, what many people don’t realize is that Edison failed many times before finally achieving success.

In fact, it’s been reported that Edison made over 1,000 unsuccessful attempts before finally developing a workable light bulb. When asked about his many failures, Edison famously replied, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

Fear of failure is a common obstacle that many people face when trying to achieve their goals or pursue their dreams. It is a natural response to the unknown and the potential consequences of not succeeding. However, fear of failure can also hold us back and prevent us from taking risks and reaching our full potential. Failure actually only occurs when you decide to quit. You choose your results. Here are a few simple things you can do to avoid getting to the “quit” stage:

  • Change your mindset: Instead of viewing failure as a negative outcome, see it as an opportunity for growth and learning. Every failure is a chance to gain valuable experience and knowledge that can help you succeed in the future.
  • Focus on the present: Don’t get caught up in worrying about what might happen if you fail. Instead, focus on what you can do right now to achieve your goals. Break down your tasks into manageable steps and take them one at a time.
  • Visualize success: Visualization can be a powerful tool for overcoming fear. Imagine yourself succeeding and achieving your goals. Visualize the feelings of satisfaction and accomplishment that come with success.
  • Take action: The best way to overcome fear of failure is to take action. Don’t let fear hold you back from pursuing your goals. Take small steps towards your goals and build momentum.
  • Learn from your mistakes: When you do experience failure, take the time to reflect on what went wrong and what you can do differently next time. Use your failures as a learning opportunity to improve and grow.

Remember that everyone experiences failure at some point in their lives. It’s how we respond to failure that defines us. With the right mindset and approach, you can overcome your fear of failure and achieve your goals. It’s always too soon to quit.

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Lisa Philp