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How To Overcome the Fear of Failure As A Leader

Updated: Sep 16, 2019

Understandably, most of us understand that failure is an unavoidable part of life, and this is particularly true when you are working toward big goals. Most leaders suffer from fear of failure but this has nothing to do with self-confidence. Equally to blame are our own views related to failure. But great leaders conquer the fear of failure by focusing steadfastly on what they can achieve and control.


The major difference between failure and success for most leaders is often based on one’s behavior. The majority of successful leaders have the propensity to adopt a certain set of behaviors that can help them move towards the direction they really desire. On the other hand, unsuccessful people fail to embrace specific habits and they often end up drifting through life.


This is particularly true because if you are determined to succeed, it is a simple choice for you to choose what you want to do and how you would want to do it to achieve your goals. What matters is your willpower to do what you want and succeed in trying. The Fear of Success is almost the same with the Fear of Failure. While there are some who are afraid to try to achieve success, some are afraid of failing in their endeavors so they generally end up not trying at all so they will not fail.


Establishing habits of success is crucial if you want to become successful. There are lots of factors that stop other individuals from actually developing habits of success. More often than not, these are the same people who believe that success is simply a remote possibility for them. This belief often results to procrastination and delaying things that should be done in order to get on the road of success.


Coach’s tip: do your morning and evening routines support you in success? What can you add or eliminate to ensure that you are starting your day and ending it on the ‘right’ foot?


Aside from fear of failure and success, leaders also fear the power inherent in this role. Rather than cultivating personal power, they fear misusing or underusing it. This is where hiring a coach comes in real handy - a coach’s role is to help you feel confident and aligned in your personal power, AND in determining when to use the influence that comes from your role to accomplish what needs to get done!


Leaders also fear attack, since we have societal programming that says there is only one place to go when you’re at the top….and that’s down. While this isn’t true, since there’s always a ‘new next’, we brace ourselves for covert and overt attack, and tend not to lead as powerfully as we’re trying to be a jar of Nutella and be likeable by most people.


Our goal as leaders is to be respected, not liked (as in a popularity contest).


Working with a coach or therapist around this is going to be super helpful to you!


There are lots of people that have unconscious blockades that contribute in preventing them from enjoying the abundance of success they really deserve, personally or professionally. Regardless of how hard you work and sacrifice to be the leader you know you are capable of becoming, it will be an uphill battle if you do not believe in yourself that you can actually become this person. This is the main essence of forming habits of success which usually gives motivation to others in order for them to achieve their goals in life. Do not wait for the moment to come when you will have to regret all your actions due to your negative habits and lose all the important things due to mismanagement in general.


Aligned thought + aligned action = aligned results.


Believe that you are successful, act like you are successful, and you will be successful (whatever that definition is for you)!


Ready to up level to your new next as a leader? Let’s chat.


To your success,

Jennifer xo

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