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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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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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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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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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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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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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1. Get to the root of the fear of failure

Write down what in the past caused you to be afraid to fail. Now, look back at this situation and realize that failing is okay.

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What is fear of failure

The fear of failure, which is sometimes referred to asatychiphobia, is an irrational and persisting fear of failing.

  • Sometimes this fear might emerge in response to a specific situation. In other cases, it might be related to another mental health condition such as anxiety or depression.

The fear of failure may also be related to being a perfectionist Because perfectionists have such high expectations for how they expect things to turn out, they may experience a nagging fear that they won't live up to those often unrealistically high standards.

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