Fear of Failure
Fear of failure is a big deterrent for a lot of people.
Different to disappointment, which is mostly an emotional setback, failure is
often about the way the world sees you.
What if you declare that you are going to climb Mt. Everest,
and then you only get half-way? What will people think of you? Will they be
disappointed in you? Will they doubt your goals in the future? Will they mock
However, is this a good enough reason to hold yourself back
from living your life to the fullest, and doing your best to believe in and
live out your dreams? If you are holding yourself back because of what other
people might think of you, this is pretty much a guarantee of a very mediocre
Let me make a few statements about “other people.” First,
they actually don’t care nearly as much about what you do as you probably
think. They are mostly much more concerned about their own lives, and rightly
so. It is each of our own responsibility to take control of our own life, and
to trust others to do the same.
Next, if there are people around you that seem to be
inordinately interested in what you are doing, it is very likely something that
they are doing to distract themselves from what they should really be focused
on - their own life!!
There are people who will crow over the failures or setbacks
of others, because in some petty way, it makes them feel better about their own
lives. Leave them to it. It is not your problem. Remember the quote “What you
think of me is none of my business.”