How to Stop Being Afraid of Failures and Become Even More Productive
The fear of mistakes is present in all of us. No one wants to show themselves in an unfavorable light, especially in a professional environment. Very often, this fear prevents us to achieve set goals. Just imagine how many opportunities you could have missed because you were afraid to take action at the right time. While you think “What if I don’t succeed? How will others treat me after that? Will I look like a complete fool?”, time passes and someone else seizes the moment.
Nevertheless, it is possible and even necessary to cope with this fear! The Collabio Spaces team is here to show you how to do that! ;)
Failing is Normal
Everyone makes mistakes and they don’t lead to the end of the world. Even the strongest and most successful people sometimes fail. The only difference is that they get up and continue to strive.
For example, Joanne Rowling who is now known almost by anyone on Earth had to pass through the thorns to prove that she can be successful. She said: “I had failed on an epic scale. An exceptionally short-lived marriage had imploded, and I was jobless, a lone parent, and as poor as it is possible to be in modern Britain, without being homeless. The fears that my parents had had for me, and that I had had for myself, had both come to pass, and by every usual standard, I was the biggest failure I knew.”
Where is she now? At the top of success. Her secret is not to give up, no matter how hard life seems.
Once you realise that failing is a norm, you’ll proceed to the next point:
Learn from Mistakes
If you can’t change your situation, change your attitude. If you’ve made a mistake, you can’t undo it, but you can make important conclusions, learn from those cases and enhance your work later.
Here are some examples from famous tech billionaires that will certainly inspire you:
Steve Jobs said: “Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.”
If we take a closer look at his biography, we will find lots of fails, still, Steve didn’t give up and finally created a multi-billion company we all know and love (if you remember, at Collabio we started work with Apple platforms for our apps ;).
It’s hard to believe that Jobs was fired from his first job. Nevertheless, this was the very first step towards building the tech empire. And this wasn’t the last failure. If you want to discover more, check out this article on Business Insider. You see, some mistakes can be of historical importance!
Another great example from the tech industry is Bill Gates. At age of 31, Bill Gates became the youngest American billionaire, the record he held from 1987 until 2010, when Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire at age 23. He said: “It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure.” It is not the one who makes mistakes that loses, but the one who does nothing.
As you already understood, not taking any action in fear of possible failure is a losing situation by default. You might wonder where is the long-awaited to-do list with actionable tips. Here it is!
How to Get Rid of Fear and Start Striving
- Stop thinking, start doing! The more you overcome your inner scared critic, the smaller it becomes. Allow yourself to meet the open ending. Next time, the same situation won’t unsettle you. Yes, you yourself are the author of what is happening and you can shape the result.
Be ready to work hard, sometimes even more than 8 hours per day. When you aim for great results, be prepared to invest your time and inner resources.
- Analyse what’s done. Take your time and outline every step made. What was right and what went wrong? Could you catch the moment when things didn’t go according to plan? What factors indicated this possible failure? Will you be able to identify them in time the next time?
Knowing this will help you finalise your tasks successfully in the future.
- Plan your future actions. To make the process smoother, write down a plan for every task and situation. Take ideas and lessons from the previous point and include them in your next to-do list.
By the way, you can find planning templates in the Collabio Spaces app, which will make your planning work easier.
- Take risks! Once you see that your fear of failure starts to disappear, try to take on greater challenges. No, we don’t urge you to put all on red in a casino, however, try to take on difficult assignment at work that you didn’t have guts to approach before.
In practice, you will see that there are no impossible tasks. The right approach and a clear plan, that breaks down the most global goal into small parts, will make anything achievable!
Always keep in mind that:
- Mistakes reveal unproductive scenarios. At least, you can find out which one you should avoid, as it doesn’t work.
- Mistakes can suggest the right idea. Even if the whole scenario didn’t work, you can extract the benefits of the work done. At least half of what you have done can be used in an alternative plan. And this will shorten your path to the goal!
- Mistakes help you know yourself. With each failure, you learn to recognise your own limits and skills, and at the same time hone your professional excellence.
- Mistakes make your life full. Just imagine what would be your motivation if there weren’t any failures. Why would you strive? Life would seem boring and stable. Albert Einstein said: “In the midst of every crisis, lies great opportunity.” So, grab these opportunities!
As you can see, failures can be great teachers. They build character and instill courage. The only things you should do is to take action! Finally, what seemed incomprehensible and frightening turns out to be the starting point for new achievements!