Fear of Failure

At some point in your life, you may have been nervous about doing something because you were worried that you were going to fail. This is something that is normal – however if you find that this type of fear is common with you, then you may have a general fear of failure. If you’re not sure about whether you have this or not, we have put together a few of the signs that could indicate towards it.

You worry about what other people think about you

It doesn’t matter what other people think, but when you have a fear of failure you often feel as though others are judging you, and you don’t want to do anything that might cause you to be judged in a negative way.

You may not think you can have the future that you want

We all have hopes and dreams for the future, but if you don’t think that you will ever be able to achieve yours then you might have a fear of failure. No matter what your dreams might be, you should always want to try, and this is what will eventually get you to where you want to be.

You explain that you might not succeed

Have you ever started doing a task, but apologised in advance in case it wasn’t very good? If you have, then you might have a fear of failure. It’s similar to when you’re about to sing, and you say “sorry if it’s out of tune” – because you are worried about what might happen if things don’t go exactly the way that you had hoped.

You don’t know how to improve your chances of success

If you have failed at something before, then you might not be able to see what you can possibly do in order to improve the situation for next time. Even though there are almost certainly ways that you can avoid failing for a second time, if you have a fear of failure then you might not be able to recognise these.

You procrastinate from preparation

If you have an important task coming up, you might find that you do everything that you possibly can to avoid getting ready for it. This is because in your mind, you don’t think there’s any point getting ready, because you are always so sure that you are going to fail. You might also find that things distract you that you convince yourself you should be doing, but aren’t actually all that important.

You suffer from headaches

Headaches are often a sign of stress, and if you suffer from them a lot then a fear of failure could be to blame. If you simply treat the physical symptoms of your headaches without thinking about what is causing them then you are never going to get anywhere. Instead, if you do think that you have a fear of failure, you should face the issue head on, as that is the best way to make sure that your fears don’t get the better of you.