5 Steps to Overcoming Fear of Failing

Success if not Final, failure is not fatal.

As a leader, one of the biggest obstacles you may face is the fear of failing. It is understandable to be worried about the possibility of not meeting the expectations of your team or not achieving set targets. However, it is essential to overcome this fear because it can hinder your ability to make informed decisions and take calculated risks necessary for navigating a team to success.

So if you are ready to stand and face some fears, try on these 5 actionable steps to get the process started. You and your team will thank you for it.

  1. Change Your Perception of Failure
    To overcome the fear of failing, you need to change your perception of what failure means. Start by looking at failure as an opportunity to learn and grow. Embracing a growth mindset means being open to learning from mistakes and failures, and using that knowledge to make better decisions in the future. When you see that failure is an inevitable part of the leadership journey, you will be better equipped to navigate the challenges that come with it.
  2. Set Realistic Goals
    Setting realistic goals is essential to overcoming the fear of failing in leadership. The key is to break down big goals into smaller, more manageable ones. This approach enables you to track progress, make necessary adjustments, and not feel overwhelmed by the scale of the task at hand. Celebrating small successes along the way provides a boost to your confidence, making it easier to keep pushing forward.
  3. Seek Out Support and Guidance
    Being a leader can be a lonely journey. However, seeking out support and guidance from mentors or colleagues can help you confront the fear of failing. Engage with other leaders to learn about their leadership experiences, their successes and failures, and how they overcame challenges. This knowledge and support can help you have a positive outlook on your leadership journey, especially when you are struggling.
  4. Develop Resilience
    Resilience is an essential trait in overcoming the fear of failing. As a leader, you want to develop an ability to push through setbacks, disappointments, and failures. One way to develop resilience is to engage in self-reflection; it enables you to assess your strengths, and weaknesses, and identify opportunities for growth. Also, learn to recover from setbacks quickly. It would help if you viewed setbacks as opportunities to learn and use the lessons learned to make better decisions.
  5. Take Action
    Lastly, to overcome the fear of failing in leadership, you have to take action. Action breeds confidence, so taking action in the direction of your goals helps build momentum and confidence. Start small, but ensure that you are taking steps towards achieving your objectives. The more action you take, the more confident you'll become, and the less likely you are to fear failing.

The Bottom-Line
The fear of failing can be paralyzing, but as a leader, it is essential to overcome it. Reframing failure as an opportunity to learn and grow, setting realistic goals, seeking out support, developing resilience, and taking action are all necessary steps to overcoming the fear, leading your team confidently, and achieving your objectives. Remember that failure is a part of the leadership journey, learn from it, and keep growing!

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. 
But I can’t accept not trying.” —Michael Jordan