Are You Afraid of Failure?
Yesterday, we talked about the fear of success, which in many cases comes from apprehension of what your friends and family will think about you and your “odd job.”
This also comes into play when you’re afraid of failure.
Many of us are afraid to get started because we’re worried what will happen if we fail. Will our loved ones think we’re a failure?
When I first started freelancing, my friends and family didn’t get it at all. Some still don’t.
But I wanted this dream for myself, so I pushed on. I took it slow – working nights and weekends while I held onto my full-time job – but I was still afraid.
Eventually, I decided I would rather hurry up and fail than be afraid for one more day. Here are two tips for getting over the fear of failure:
1. “Fail” fast.
There will be setbacks in your path to the writer’s life. View these little “failures” as learning experiences that will accelerate your progress.
In that case, it’s better to get started as soon as possible. You’ll be successful sooner, and you won’t spend as much time worrying or being afraid.
2. Start a compliment document.
In the beginning, I was afraid a lot. If I didn’t hear back from a client after turning in my work, I would worry that it wasn’t any good. It didn’t matter that I’d done well in the past. I was suddenly convinced I had just submitted the worst copy in history.
To get over this, I started saving every compliment I received. If a client said they liked my copy, it went in a document on my computer. Even if they just said that I had a good idea or submitted something on time … into the compliment document it went.
Later, when I was feeling down on myself, I could look at that document and say, “Okay, I’ve received compliments in the past. I’m sure this copy was fine, too. I did my best. Press on!”
My compliment document helped me move past a lot of fear and worry. I recommend starting one today if you haven’t already.
And be sure to join me tomorrow as I help you overcome a fear that even experienced professional writers still suffer from.
What tips do you have for getting over the fear of failure? Join the discussion here.
And for more tips on overcoming fear, check out this article: “7 Ways to Overcome Fear.”
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