Behind many fears is worry about doing something wrong, looking foolish, or not meeting expectations — in other words, fear of 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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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.
When you’re dreading a tough task and expect it to be difficult and unpleasant, you may unconsciously set goals around what you don’t want to happen rather than what you do want.
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.
This exercise helps you seeing with clarity the benefits of the attempted effort and the cost of inaction.
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.
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:
Nobody enjoys failing. Fear of failure can be so strong that avoiding failure eclipses the motivation to succeed. Insecurity about doing things incorrectly causes many people to unconsciously sabotage their chances for success.
If you are afraid of failure, it will cause you to avoid potentially harmful situations.
Fear of failure keeps you from trying, creates self-doubt , stalls progress, and may lead you to go against your morals.
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