#010 – Overcoming Fear of Failure: Escaping the Performance Trap [Podcast]

What do the following people have in common?  Abraham Lincoln, Steve Jobs, Michael Jordan, Napoleon Hill, Tony Robbins, and J.K. Rowling.  If you say, “famous people” … well, that is only partially right.  These are also people who have experienced some of the greatest failures in life.


Do you struggle with the fear of failure?  Or feel like you are in a performance trap?  Does a failure send you into a spiral of despair?  Do you find it difficult to be creative for fear that you will fail in your attempt?

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“Overcoming Fear of Failure” Show Notes

In this episode, I share on the following topics:

  • The faulty belief which is at the core of the fear of failure
  • The latest research on the fear of failure
  • Quick tests to see how impactful this is in your life
  • Ways in which the fear of failure manifests itself in life
  • Why Creativity and Fear are next door neighbors
  • 7 Action Steps to start dealing with the fear of failure
      1. Failure happens … now can we just move on?!
      2. Remember past failures
      3. Study other people
      4. Redefine failure
      5. Failure is temporary
      6. Deal with stinkin’ thinkin’
      7. Treat your life as an adventure … as an experiment

“Overcoming Fear of Failure” Episode Resources

In this episode I mentioned several resources, including:

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4 thoughts on “#010 – Overcoming Fear of Failure: Escaping the Performance Trap [Podcast]

  1. This was my first time listening to your podcast, and it happens that this very podcast gave me so much in the way of understanding why I may doing certain things, basically setting myself up for failure. I have listened to it 3 additional times and continue to extract things from it. I would like to you to expand upon it and if I can help in anyway please don’t hesitate to ask, I would be happy to share my experiences with you.

    Please keep at it you obviously have something very important that needs to be shared and I believe it could help countless people. Thanks again.

    • Blaine, you are quite welcome! I’m happy to know that it resonated with you, and I definitely plan on revisiting this topic more. In fact, in a few weeks, I should be diving deeper into the area of Perfectionism.

      Do you listen to the show on iTunes, or somewhere else? If by iTunes, you may want to subscribe to the show that way you will receive any updates when I post new episodes.


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        • Blaine, thanks for the recommendation! Since I don’t use Android, I’m not as familiar with best products. I’m sure your recommendation will be very helpful to Android users!