Fear and Failure

Mid-January is where we might become complacent and fall back in the old routine, but I want you to stick to your goals.

Fear paralyzes us, and can prevent us from achieving our goals in many areas. You’ve probably heard it takes three weeks to change a habit, but what stops us from making it through those three weeks? Fear. Fear of change, fear of discomfort, fear of missing out on something.

Overcoming Fear

Let me share one of my fears with you: I’ve had a fear of heights that for many years limited my adventures. I’ve love trying new things, especially sports and exercise-related, but when I was invited to join a group of friends to rock climb in Red Rock desert, I hesitated. Or I should say I froze.

After debating with myself about it for a couple of weeks, I decided it was time for me to break free from my fear and take this risk. It was a fantastically rewarding trip, filled with “firsts” and a lot of laughs. Had I followed my fear instead of my freedom, I would have missed out on a life-changing event.

Many of us also suffer from a fear of failure, but every successful person failed many times first. The sooner we learn how to manage our failures, the sooner we learn to succeed.

Fail, then Succeed

The most successful people have failed many times in order to reach their goals. Henry Ford of Ford Motor Company, now a defining American brand, founded two earlier car companies that both failed. Had he given up at that point, the world as we know it today would be different. Instead, he analyzed his failures in search of the reasons his companies hadn’t worked, and make important discoveries that allowed his new company to flourish.

fear and failure

Facing fears and moving forward with boldness is a trait found in all successful entrepreneurs. For a modern-day example, listen to this podcast with Tu-Hien Le, who left the safety of her corporate job and found funding for a business that has gained a groundswell of support.

For you, your fear might be giving up sweet treats or disrupting your normal routine by incorporating more exercise. Far too often, failure is the result of lack of planning, jumping into something without research or a business without resources. With my clients and students, I have seen many failed diets due to unrealistic expectations or lack of commitment.  

Make a Plan

So you need a plan you can stick to. Cut back on caffeine, alcohol and junk food. If you can’t cut it out completely at first, lessen your intake each week and replace those foods with healthy alternatives. Supercharge your body to overcome cravings: load up with the following delicious and healthy options

  1. Any and all dark green vegetables, or a Purium shake
  2. Berries filled with antioxidants
  3. Nuts packed with proteins and essential fats