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https://hbr.org/2020/06/how-to-overcome-your-fear-of-making-mistakes

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How to Overcome Your Fear of Making Mistakes
Step one: Don’t be ashamed of your fear.

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Making mistakes

Making mistakes

We're often presented with challenges that we've not encountered before that may leave us feeling fearful of making mistakes. But no one can reduce mistakes to zero.

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Don’t be ashamed of your fear

Don't be ashamed or afraid of your fear of making mistakes, and don't think that being fearful is evidence that you're an indecisive leader. If you are prevention-focus...

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Emotional agility skills

Fear of mistakes can prevent people from taking action. Overcome this paralysis with emotional agility skills:

  • State your fears out loud. It will help diffuse them. ...

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Worrying can help decision making

.. but only when you are solutions-focused. We can control systems, not outcomes. If you have a system to avoid mistakes, ask yourself:

  • Is your data reliable?

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Put your fears in a broader context

When we're scared of making a mistake, we can become fixated on that particular scenario. For example, if you're worried about tripping at night, you keep looking at ou...

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The value of leisure

Fear grabs our full attention. However, some people react to fear with extreme hyper-vigilance. They want to be on guard all the time.

That type of adrenalin-fuelled behavi...

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Detach from judgment-clouding noise

When people are fearful, they may have the urge to constantly look at what everyone else is doing. This can result in information overload and you may feel cloudy or shut down.

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Our Most Common fears

  • Fear of failure, poverty, and loss of money
  • Fear of losing love 
  • Fear of losing our jobs and our financial security
  • Fear of embarrassment or ridicule
  • Fear ...

Fear Paralyzes Action

The most common reaction in a fear situation is the attitude of, “I can’t!”

This is the fear of failure that stops us from taking action. It often shuts down the brain and causes us to revert to the “fight-or-flight” reaction.

Visualize Yourself as Unafraid

Your self-image, the way you see yourself and think about yourself, is eventually altered by feeding your mind these positive mental pictures of yourself performing at your best.

So visualize yourself performing with confidence and competence in an area where you are fearful.

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