Networking Times Today > Personal Growth > 6 Ways to Overcome Fear of Failure

6 Ways to Overcome Fear of Failure

Jacqueline Whitmore Networking Times

Contributor: Jacqueline Whitmore



We all know that getting ahead in your career requires many things: industry knowledge and expertise, experience, a proven track record, being liked by your business partners and customers, having a good reputation, and more.  But one of the most common things holding back many people from reaching the success they deserve is the fear of failure.

Fear of failure is more common than we think, but overcoming it is very possible.

Here are 6 tips to start the process:

1. Focus on growth  The most successful people will tell you they’ve had more failures than successes, but that’s how they became so successful.  Don’t berate yourself when you make a mistake. Instead, see it as an opportunity to learn and grow. Take that new knowledge and put it to good use.

2. Focus on positive self-talk — The things you say to yourself have a significant influence on how you feel and act. When you’re consumed with negative thoughts about your performance, your positive attitude will diminish and be replaced by self-doubt.  As soon as you catch yourself being negative, replace it with a positive statement.

3. Change your approach  Suppose your project doesn’t go as planned the first time around. Don’t give up and walk away. If you hit a roadblock, think through the problem. Could you change your approach? Is the timing off? Take another shot at it and try something different.  Sometimes it takes many tries to get it right.  The key is to learn from each attempt.

4. Ask for help  Next time you make a mistake or feel doubtful about something, ask for help. Sometimes all you need is to bounce a few ideas around with someone you trust. Chances are you know a colleague, friend, or mentor who has experienced the exact same situation.

5. What’s the worst that can happen?   When you find yourself feeling fearful, map out all the possible outcomes including the worst case scenario. Try not to let your anxiety affect your view of the situation and always have a “plan B” to reassure you and boost your self-confidence.

6. Don’t be concerned about what other people think  Are you afraid to fail because of what other people might think?  Ask yourself, “Who cares what other people think?”  Some of the greatest inventions of our time were scoffed at initially, but did it stop those savvy entrepreneurs from pursuing their idea? Pursue your ideas and passions because you want to, and don’t live your life for anybody else.

Jacqueline Whitmore Networking TimesJacqueline Whitmore, an internationally-recognized etiquette expert, author of Poised for Success: Mastering The Four Qualities that Distinguish Outstanding Professionals, and founder The Protocol School of Palm Beach.

Find out more at 




Related posts


  • Werapan
    July 3, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    Great Post, Thank you for your tips.

  • Gene Erwin
    July 5, 2015 at 9:28 pm

    Great ideas! Thank you for listing them.

  • Scott Moore
    July 6, 2015 at 1:57 am

    This is a good article, and I like the very first point the most. It is what keeps me going.

    I focus on growth, knowing that every individual who has been successful has weathered some tough times getting there. I have learned to do my best to continue investing in myself until I find the right combination.

    Thanks for the article.

    Scott Moore

Leave a comment