How To Overcome Your Fear Of Failure
With five magic words…
The other day I was driving home from work and was listening to the Tim Ferriss podcast. The TV presenter Phil Keoghan was on as a guest and he and Tim were discussing success. Phil’s main point was that he believes achievement is overrated, and actually what we should be doing is just giving it a go.
Those five simple words hit me like a ton of bricks.
“Just give it a go”
At that moment I realised that for too long I have been making decisions based on the outcome that *I predict* will happen, regardless of the pros or cons or even the likelihood of it happening. This is not necessarily a bad thing of course, except I have made some pretty pessimistic decisions.
For example, I graduated from a good university with top marks, but I did not apply to a single graduate level job because I thought that “everyone else would be better than me. Who would want a psychology graduate when you can have a maths genius or business guru?” I literally spent years of my life working in low paid, soul-sapping jobs.
I put off starting a blog, let alone a business, for years because I thought, “who would listen to me when there is Tim Ferris, Tony Robbins, Marie Forleo etc…”
I actually enrolled onto (and am two years into) a PhD because I thought that being a Doctor would give me credibility to start my own business.
I always thought of the potential consequences and not once did I consider just “giving it a go”. Instead, I played out the whole situation in my mind, and decided I wasn’t good enough so I didn’t do it!
To give it a go does not mean that you will be successful in the thing that you try.
There is no guarantee that I would have landed an awesome graduate job, or that anyone would have found my musings on life even remotely noteworthy, but that is not the intention. The sole purpose of the “give it a go” philosophy is to give yourself permission to do what scares you without thinking of the consequences. To find joy and achievement in the mere performing of the task and knowing that regardless of the outcome you will have learnt something about yourself and be better for it.
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