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Facing Your Fears – Fear Of Failure

Third entry in the “Facing Your Fears” series, dealing with the commonly held fear of failure. We’ve all been there! Some of us learn how to overcome it, while unfortunately others let it bog them down.

I’m too scared to invest the time or money into a project, only to end up failing.

Fear of failure stops many people in their tracks. You‘ve likely either experienced or seen this happen in the offline world just as much as the online world. I‘ll go back to what I stressed earlier in the series.

Until you‘re able and willing to take risks, you won‘t get very far.

What does failure mean to you? If you perceive failure as a bad thing, you‘re not off to a very good start. You control how you think and feel about anything. Nobody else controls YOU. You might think failure is bad, because it means “not succeeding”. How in the world are you supposed to change that perception?

First, take a close look at what you can learn when you fail. If you can learn anything from your failures, you’ve already changed your perception. Because learning from your failures is a POSITIVE thing. You’ve just gained something positive, from something you perceived as negative.

Always try to learn from your failures. Don’t agonize and spend forever pouring over your failures, but do pay attention to elements that factored in. Tweak and test your methods while you continue to TAKE ACTION. Record what worked and what didn’t work. Set aside time to consistently review this.

If you’re investing money, you might view it as a bigger risk than investing time. This may or may not be true, depending on how you prioritize money versus your time. I’m not advising anyone to go broke just to assume risks. You have to put some thought into it. Find out what your able to invest into your business without sacrificing necessities.

Virtually everything to do with online marketing can be done with a) more time invested or b) more money invested. It’s your choice what to invest, but either way you must be willing to assume the risks. If you’re paralyzed because you’re scared to invest “xx” hours of time into a project without knowing if it will be successful or not, how will you move forward?

You won‘t!

There you go. Continue fearing this investment, and you‘ll simply stand still.

The only way to get over this fear IS to take action. It’s ironic. You fear taking action, yet you must take action to get over the fear. But people can’t convince you of this with a few words online. Only you can convince yourself and make yourself BELIEVE. The truth of it is, once you start taking action, it gets EASIER to continue taking action.


  • You must be willing to assume RISKS
  • You must be willing to invest time or money or both
  • You must BELIEVE in yourself in order to start taking action
  • The more action you take, the easier it gets to TAKE ACTION
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Related posts:

  1. Facing Your Fears – How In The World Can I Compete?
  2. Facing Your Fears – What Niche Do I Choose?
  3. Facing Your Fears – I Still Have A Lot To Learn
  4. Facing Your Fears – I Can’t Decide What To Do!

One Response to “Facing Your Fears – Fear Of Failure”

  1. Allen Taylor says:

    Nice writing. You are on my RSS reader now so I can read more from you down the road.

    Allen Taylor

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