Neil Thompson’s Lesson for Living – Don’t let fear of failure hold you back
Fear of failure is a very powerful emotion that can do a lot of harm. It can prevent people from trying new things and therefore lead to them missing out on some potentially enriching and empowering experiences. In the same way that you can’t win a raffle if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t benefit from an experience if you deny yourself the opportunity to have it.
As is often the case in life, a vicious circle can easily arise:
- I am not confident enough to get involved in a particular activity because I am afraid that I will fail.
- I limit my opportunities for learning and development.
- I may feel I am letting myself down for not getting involved, and feel bad about this.
- This can reduce my self-esteem and keep my confidence level low …