So many people let their fears get the better of them. Especially when it comes to the fear of failure or success. Yes, you read correctly. I wrote the fear of failure, or SUCCESS.
It is still a little known fact that just as many people (if not more) fear success, as those who fear failure. But why would anyone fear success?
The answer is actually quite simple. Many people fear success because we as human beings fear change as well as the unknown, and as we all know, with success comes both (change and the unknown). The trick however to beating this fear, is to tell yourself that nothing can stay constant (the same) forever. Change is inevitable, and even though the huge changes that success brings might be daunting, do you really want your life to stay the same forever? Exactly, no you don’t. Then why fear your own success?
Think about it. I know I would much rather live an interesting life full of change, than a bland one in which everything stays the same for an eternity. Can you imagine doing what you are doing now forever? Since most of you reading this are students, can you picture being a student for the rest of your life? No of course not. You want to be a doctor, lawyer, teacher or whatever it is you are studying towards. So don’t fear your ultimate goal, which is exactly what you are doing when you give into fears of your own success.
As for the fear of failure. Failure was something that I feared so much that I let it ruin everything for me. All I had to do was realise that I hadn’t failed yet. And even if I did (fail), why on earth would it have been the end of the world for me? Exactly, it wouldn’t have. I would have just tried and tried again until I succeeded.
Remember failure is not absolute. If we fail, we can always try again. Yet we tend to live as if failing once would be the end of us, as if it would mean game over without the option to respawn ourselves. Failure cannot kill you! So don’t fear it so much! We can’t always be perfect at everything and do everything perfectly all the time. Failure is part of being human. Think of it (failure) as going to the loo or farting – annoying and embarrassing, yet part of being human.
As I have said so many times before, we control our own destiny, and that means that you control your own future (and attitude towards it), so don’t let fear pull you down and prevent you from reaching the heights you were meant to.
Keep positive and reach for the stars
Academics Can Kill Your Sanity 2016