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Master Your Fear of Failure

On16/ 11 /16
Overcoming workplace anxiety

Fear of failure in the workplace has affected us all at one point or another, but when it festers without being tackled it can ultimately stop our forward progress.

In this article we’ll be looking at fear of failure, what it is, how to identify it and how to overcome it so you can enjoy true success in your job role. 

The workplace can be tricky and sometimes scary to navigate – especially if you’re new. Have you carried out the job correctly, how are things ‘normally’ done and who can you confide in or ask for advice? Uncertainty can make you second guess what you’re doing and doubt whether you are good enough to do a good job. 

The signs
The first step towards a more confident and successful you in the workplace is to identify whether the following signs of fear of failure are ones that you exhibit on a regular basis: 
  • Reluctance to get involved in challenging projects or conversations
  • Anxious thoughts and procrastination which prevent you from achieving objectives
  • A tendency to only take on projects that you feel confident you will finish successfully
  • Low self-confidence, often expressed through self-deprecating comments such as ‘I don’t have the expertise’.
Overcoming the fear
Overcoming fear of failure is no easy feat but it’s possible if you’re willing to challenge yourself to take your personal growth and development to the next level. 

Unfortunately, there is no magic pill you can take to transform your mindset. We have however, put together a number of steps to help set you off on the right track. 

Engage – Fear generally results in you wanting to increase your odds of not failing and thus, you hold back. You resist fully engaging in projects because it’s safer to keep them at arm’s length so if things do go pear shaped, you can’t be held responsible. It’s this kind of activity however, that stifles creativity and growth and prevents you from doing great work. If you truly engage you increase your chances of success. 

Analyse potential outcomes – Fear of failure often stems from fear of the unknown. By analysing all of the potential issues and mapping out all possible outcomes, you can work your way towards removing the fear. 

Embrace failure – Some of the most valuable insights in life often come after failure as we learn from past experiences. Remember, failure is not the enemy. There’s no way of knowing for sure how things will turn out ahead of time.
Sometimes, despite our best efforts we find ourselves in job roles which simply aren’t the right fit for us. Here at Bucks and Berks we have a team of experts who work with candidates to ensure the roles they apply for are a suitable and allow individuals to reach their full potential. To find out more, get in touch today.  
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