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How To Overcome Your Fear of Failure

How To Overcome Your Fear of Failure

The possibility of failure is always daunting, but with the right preparation and approach, you can push on and succeed.

What can you do if you, like Alex, want to face your fear of screwing up on job interviews and push beyond it to success? Here are four steps you can take:

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1. Redefine Failure

By framing a situation you’re dreading differently before you attempt it, you may be able to avoid some stress and anxiety.

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2. Set approach goals (not avoidance goals).

Goals can be classified as approach goals or avoidance goals based on whether you are motivated by wanting to achieve a positive outcome or avoid an adverse one.

Psychologists have found that creating approach goals, or positively reframing avoidance goals, is beneficial for well-being.

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3. Create a “fear list"

Author and investor Tim Ferriss recommends “fear-setting,” creating a checklist of what you are afraid to do and what you fear will happen if you do it.

Make three lists: first, the worst-case scenarios if he bombed the interview; second, things he could do to prevent the failure; and third, in the event the flop occurred, what could he do to repair it.

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4. Focus on learning

The chips aren’t always going to fall where you want them to — but if you understand that reality going in, you can be prepared to wring the most value out of the experience, no matter the outcome.

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