#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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