Is fear of failure a reason for procrastination?
I am putting off doing something that I am scared of. How can I deal with this fear of failure?
A fear of failure can be a cause
Often a fear of failure arises because of undue pressure from yourself or from others to do a good job.
This can often create high expectations.
There are a few strategies to deal with a fear of failure. These include:
- confront your fear
- Confront your fear in bite-sized portions. Use this procrastination template to break your tasks into smaller, more manageable chunks.
- Persist and don't take it personally. According to Martin Seligman (the father of positive psychology) resilient people don't take failure personally. Failure is about outcomes - not personality.
- Be objective about your worst case scenario.
- Visualize success. Some of the best athletes and performers in different disciplines harness the power of imagery. You can harness the power of imagery by constructing a mental image of what success looks like for you.
Here is an article I wrote about how to overcome a fear of failure
and get things done.
Procrastination, whatever it's cause, can be a tough habit to crack. Often a structured procrastination program
is a useful strategy to deal with procrastination.
I hope that this helps,
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