Fear of Failure

3 Key Steps To Overcome the Fear of Failure.

Aemen Farooq
4 min readAug 27, 2021

If you are someone who struggles with the fear of failure or you’ve recently experienced failure in your life then you’ve to come to the right place.

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What is Failure?

Oh my Gosh, I am such an idiot. People with a fear of failure throw out that sentence all the time. Smashed their toe into a table leg or tripped over a sidewalk, accidentally say the wrong name to somebody — Oh my God, I'm so stupid. The feeling of being stuck because of the fact that we feel we may not be successful. The panic attack during a presentation, emotions like unnecessary worry, uncertainty, chest tightness, lightheadedness, and sweating — all indicate you have a fear of failure.

Failure is such a controversial topic. It’s the biggest reason, why you don’t pursue the dreams of your heart. How we respond to it, I think really affects our psychological health and well-being.

How To Get Over the Fear of Failure?

It's really all about shifting your perceptions and your beliefs on what you consider failure to be.

I’ll share 3 steps that will help you overcome your fear of failure.

Step #1: Make a List of Your Strengths.

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When you make a list of your strengths, you remind yourself of the assets available to overcome your fear. Below, I will give some examples of strengths that can help you come up with your own list:

  • Visionary
  • Enthusiasm
  • Creativity
  • Determination
  • Discipline
  • Dedication
  • Idealistic
  • Communicative
  • Perseverant
  • Talents
  • Knowledgeable
  • Proficiencies
  • Practical
  • Courageous



Aemen Farooq

I write about mental health, self-development, self-care, and life lessons as they happen. Editor of