Tips for Handling Fear
- Take a look at fear and ask yourself ” What is the worst that could happen if I followed through on this fear-producing situation?” If you can live with the worst-case scenario, you can go beyond your fear.
- Vigorous exercise coupled with relaxation or meditation helps to put fear into perspective.
- Understand that it is impossible for anyone to be thoroughly competent and achieving all the time. Failure is part of the process of living.
- Patience and persistence will bring you from failure to success in most ventures.
- Real failure is the unwillingness to take a chance.
- See failure as an opportunity to learn. How would you do it differently next time?
- Expectations with regard to outcomes are setups for failure. Establish strong preferences instead.
Myths about Fear
- Myth 1: If you work hard enough you can avoid failure. Not true. The best of the best couldn’t escape failure, how can you?
- Myth 2: Failure is worthless. Not true. Failure is a necessary prerequisite for success.
- Mail 3: Failure is devastating. It is disappointing yes, but generally the feelings that result from setback and failure are exaggerated.