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It’s Time to Stop Letting the Fear of Failure Derail Your Success

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If you’re going to create success in your life, you have to realize that nothing is stopping you from accomplishing all of your significant goals and living a life of freedom. You can live a life you’ve always dreamed of. We live in an incredible time that’s full of opportunities to grow. We have access to information, education, software, and tools in a way that makes what was once out of reach, possible for any willing to put in the work.

We have complete and mostly free access to the Internet, social media, podcasts, books, videos, blogs, virtual training, and other forms of inspiration. The knowledge we have access to takes the guesswork out of learning how to create success. We have access to resources and the ability to get help. These resources eliminate the old school gatekeepers that stopped success-seekers in the past.

However, with all of these opportunities and abilities, too many people settle for life. This life could best be described as merely existing through each day. People aren’t setting big enough goals and have bought into the false belief that this kind of life is impossible. One of the main reasons too many don’t pursue a life of growth is because a fear of failure keeps them from believing it’s possible and then taking action on that belief. 

Each of us struggles with a fear of failure in some form or fashion. The fear of failure keeps us from starting and pursuing the best version of ourselves. Here’s what the fear of failure does and how to overcome it. 

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustration were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” – Tony Robbins

The fear fuels your self-limiting beliefs

As humans, we have limiting beliefs we have to overcome to achieve success and accomplish our goals. These limiting beliefs tend to be rooted in what we perceive are the obstacles that hold us back. The fear of failure intensifies what we struggle with and convinces us our beliefs are a reality.

Here’s the thing, they don’t have to be. You can overcome a fear of failure and beat any limiting beliefs by taking action despite how you feel. Growth starts when you believe anything is possible in your life. It can become a reality when you do the hard work and take consistent action. 

You win the battle against your fear by consistently doing the work of becoming the best version of yourself. Consistency and a strong desire to accomplish more will lead to the success you’re seeking. 

The fear keeps you stuck in the past

The fear of failure has an interesting way of making every situation seem like it’s not working out no matter what we try. It creates this disturbing feeling that where you are in life is all that you’ll be able to accomplish. It drudges up all your past failures and poor decisions. The fear tries to convince you that staying stuck will help you avoid being put back in the same place. 

When you experience setbacks, close your eyes, breathe, and find your happy place. Use those moments to understand life isn’t over, and you can overcome momentary setbacks. You are powerful. 

You can continue your path to success despite whatever happened in the past. Your current reality doesn’t have to be a permanent place. If you decide to move past your fear of failure, you can leave the past in the past where it belongs as you focus on a future full of success. 

“Failure is a detour, not a dead-end street.” – Zig Ziglar

The fear convinces you that halfway is good enough

It’s not easy to make changes that lead to a successful life, better relationships, more money, and creating all the things that success means to you. There are going to be more than a few times when settling feels like an option. 

The fear of failure will make you rationalize all that you said you wanted to accomplish as you experience resistance. Working on becoming the best version of yourself will probably be one of the most challenging paths you can pursue. You will experience failure, it may be public, and it has the potential to leave scars.

However, the life and rewards you are waiting for are more significant than settling for a life of regret. It’s time to stop letting the fear of failure keep you from doing the work and overcoming difficult circumstances. 

Fear is a natural human emotion, but it can be an asset you use instead of something that keeps you stuck. Fear can keep you alert and help you make sure you maintain a solid plan of growth. 

Any major goal won’t come easy, and that’s good. Through struggle, you learn gratitude for what you worked harder to accomplish. You’ll never get rid of the fear of failure completely, but you can take action despite it. It’s time to step into your power and claim a life with no regrets. It’s time to become the best version of yourself in every area of your life. It’s time to embrace the success path.

Tor Constantino is a former journalist, consultant and current corporate comms executive with an MBA degree and 30+ years of experience. His writing has appeared across the web on Entrepreneur, Forbes, Fortune and Yahoo!. Tor's views are his own and do not reflect those of his current employer. Join him at torconstantino.com/.

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