Avoiding Failure Does Not Lead To Success

A common theme among my clients is the fear of failure. They are so afraid of failing that they are unwilling to press the “go” button to get their lives started. Ironically the fear of failure usually leads to more failure. The fear of failure can lead to procrastination, perfection paralysis, indecision, and even depression. One thing the fear of failure will never lead to is success.

Pushing the “go” button may not guarantee success, but having your foot on the brakes will never get you anywhere. Your odds of succeeding always go up when you just go for it simply because you already have the mindset of succeeding rather than having the mindset of fear. If you focus on not failing, in the end, you’re really focusing on failing. If you fear failure, your main emotional state is fear.

The fear of failure will never drive you toward success. If anything, the fear of failure will drive you farther away from success. The only way to move forward in your life is to get your foot off the brakes, and press the “go” button. Stop running away. Stop focusing on fear. Stop focusing on failure. The only way to move forward toward success is to move forward toward success.

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