How to deal with the fear of failure. Let’s talk about fear of failure today. It’s a very real fear.
Almost everything you want to achieve in life, that you want to accomplish in life has been done by someone else. Somebody else has already achieved what you want to achieve. Somebody else has already done what you want to do.
However when you haven’t done something… when you’re embarking on a new journey… when you have something new to say to the world or do in the world… something that you’ve never done… something that anybody close to you has never done… you’re going to get nervous.
And that’s basically normal. I feel that fear too.
And to tell you the truth I am nervous. Okay? I’m pretending not to be. I’m not showing it. I’m not telling my family (especially my family) and certainly not the prospective clients or prospective business partners that I’m nervous.
I’m worried about losing money. I am worried about wasting time. I’m also worried about wasting so much effort.
And one of the most dangerous aspects of this journey is that I stand to lose my ability to travel the world when I want to. So basically it’s my freedom on the line.
And that scares the shit out of me to tell you the truth. It is what it is. You can’t do anything about it.
It’s a new thing. I’ve never done this before.
Part of me wants to just run away. Part of me just wants to cancel the plans I’ve already put into motion. And to go back to the life that I’m already leading.
It’s a scary change. In fact, last night I considered and contemplated something along the lines of, “Maybe I can wait another six months or eight months or 12 months or 24 months before I embark on this dangerous new mission… on this dangerous new journey.”
And that would be nice. I mean, if I had the ability to delay everything indefinitely… which I certainly do have, but there are consequences. We’ll talk about the consequences of postponing it indefinitely, but the consequences would be enormous and detrimental.
But last night I was really tempted to abandon this whole project and move on to, or go back to, whatever it is that I was doing.
The only reason I can think of for actually going ahead with this is because I have to. Sooner or later I know that I have to. Sooner or later change the way I live now.
I’ve changed my life many times over the last few years but nothing as scary as this one project. And yet I’m going to do this because I have to, at some point of time even if I don’t do it right now. I can choose to do it later, but I have to. It it’s something that cannot be delayed indefinitely.
I don’t want to end up failing. I do have a plan B and a Plan C and a plan D – none of which I really like. I mean they’re all practical but they are not what I want from life.
What I want from life is to take this risk and then to succeed this year.
If I don’t I will really have to go back to living the kind of life I have been living which is what I’m not looking forward to. So the reason why I’m scared of taking the first step or starting this journey is the fear of failure.
If I lose then I will know for sure that that plan was not solid enough. That strategy was not good enough. I don’t know that now and that’s a little bit of a ray of hope that I’m clinging on to.
And deep down that’s what I want to keep clinging on to when I want to delay this project or think about delaying this project. I’m clinging on to the hope that this will work whenever I put this into action.
I’m worried about finding out that it actually doesn’t work. That actually my strategy isn’t as brilliant as I think it’s going to be. Or as I’m hoping it’s going to be. That actually my big plan for life is really a fluke. I’ve been banking on something that is a nothing-burger. That actually I’m going to be found out for not knowing what I was talking about… by family, friends, clients, prospective clients and everybody… people that matter.
So yes, it’s scary. This time I can really be going to lose it in real terms.
But then I think about it and I think about how two years or three years or four years down the line things are only going to be slightly better but not much better. I’m going to have the same chance or a similar chance but not a significantly greater chance at succeeding. I may not even have a revised strategy.
And I can always revise my strategy while I’m in the thick of it. I can make changes on the fly and I can do that now.
So yes, I’m going to go ahead. Yes I’m going to risk all that failure. And yes I’m going to risk consequences not just for myself but also for my business and my family.
And I’m going to do that despite the fact that I’m scared I’m really scared of losing this time. Because the consequences are real. It’s not like I’m going to sit in my basement start a business and I’m going lose a little bit of time and money if I fail. This time I stand to lose a lot more than that. I stand to lose all my savings. I stand to lose a lot of my equity. I stand to lose most of my net worth. I stand to lose my freedom to travel. I stand to lose a whole lot of stuff if I do this.
So yeah that’s it that’s what I wanted to talk to you about today. That last night was a difficult night. I actually could not go to sleep until 5:00 a.m. this morning. And I woke up at 1:00 p.m. and then I got dressed. did a little bit of work, talked to a client and then now I’m talking to you.
And throughout my contemplation during the night and during the day I have arrived at the same conclusion…
Emotionally it does because I’m scared shitless. But logically it doesn’t.
Thank God I’m an okay actor – a decent actor. So nobody’s gonna find out how nervous I really am.
And to tell you the truth once I jump into it once I get some of that momentum going… that nervousness is going to start melting away. And after the first couple of weeks I’m not going to feel very nervous at all.
Right now I’m nervous because I’ve not started anything. I’ve not got any momentum on my side. I’ve got detractors who got some very valid points. I’ve got real stuff on the line. And yeah this is just scary. This is just scary. I’m trying not to talk myself out of it, but yeah, I will do it.
Because I’m just going to put one step in front of another. I’m just going to start with one step. And then see where things go.
If I fail, I fail. I lose a lot but I will still survive. And that’s all there is to it.
Thanks for reading. If you have any comments, leave them in the comment section below. And if you have a couple of words of encouragement for me I’d be grateful.
And yeah wish me luck. It’s gonna be a scary New Year.