How to Overcome Your Fear of 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.
However, if you understand how anxiety works at a cognitive level, you can learn to use it to prevent errors.
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Even small tasks that make you uncomfortable gets the momentum going towards bigger challenges.
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