How to Overcome Fear of Failure and Rejection?

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Chinkee Tan
Chinkee Tan

Are you afraid to fail?

Are you afraid of rejection?

Do you want to be free of these fears so that you can finally fulfill what you want to do in life?

Some people end up living their life with much regret. These are the people who usually have a

long list of “if only…”

“If only I tried.”

“If only I took the risk.”

“If only I was more brave.”

“If only…”

They spend too much time reminiscing about what they could have done.

So let me tell you this. You need to take action while there is still time. You don’t need yesterday or even tomorrow. You just need to start TODAY, if you don’t want to be among those who are stuck in their long list of “if only’s”. It won’t help to think too much of the past or what could have happened. Rather, focus on the present. JUST START NOW!

“But Chinkee . . .”

I know what you are thinking. How can you overcome your fear of failing or of rejection?

Here are two simple guidelines to follow:

STOP THINKING

Don’t think too much or over-analyze the situation. Have you heard of the phrase “ANALYSIS PARALYSIS”? We tend to draw up scenarios that are filled with negative outcomes and fears, instead of being filled with positive results. Relax! Chill!

“What if I don’t get the job?”

“What if I don’t succeed?”

“What if what happened to me before will happen again?”

Come on! Don’t focus too much on the negative.

I am not saying that you should not think of what you should do, but that you should draw a line between when you will stop to think of the negative and begin to dwell on the positive.

START DOING

Jump in! Take the plunge! Just do it!

You will not learn how to bike unless you ride on it and try.

You won’t learn how to swim unless you jump in the swimming pool.

You will never know what the outcome of your dream will be if you just sit there wasting your time thinking of the perfect strategy to your plan.

Remember that your strategy, no matter how perfect it is, won’t matter if you don’t act now. Yes, as in now!

The one who succeeds is the one who knows when to stop thinking about the negative and start doing the positive.

THINK. REFLECT. APPLY.

Do you want to overcome your fear of failure and rejection?

Stop thinking.

Start doing.

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