Under the guise of fear of failure can hide many other fears, small and large. Certain character traits, life experience, upbringing style, personal attitudes, traumatic events – all this also often feeds fear of failure. Among the variety of reasons, you can identify the most common. What are they?
Fear of making a mistake. As a rule, such fear can come to a person from childhood. Once he took a chance, took a step, and the consequences were unexpected. Parents or someone from close circle was extremely unhappy. As a result, already in adulthood a person is afraid of doing something, already setting himself up for mistakes and failure.
Negative personal experience. This moment smoothly follows from the fear of being wrong. Any traumatic situation in the past, the negative experience gained has had an excessive effect on a person. People who are inclined to take everything as close to their heart as possible to experience extremely emotionally any events, as a rule, are more likely to have a fear of failure.
Tendency to perfectionism. Perfectionists adhere to a line of conduct in which they either do everything perfectly or not at all. Often, perfectionism is adjacent to procrastination, with laziness and is closely associated with the fear of mistakes and the unfortunate consequences of any deed or act.
Personal installation. Negative markers in the mind a person can grow on their own. Or they are formed by outside intervention. So, for example, if in childhood parents constantly asserted that nothing good would come of the child’s ideas, the installation appears: “it’s better not to risk, it’s better not to do”. On the background of it, direct fear begins to develop, often completely unreasonable.
Low self-esteem. People who do not value themselves are prone to self-blame and self-blame. They have a painfully low self-esteem, try to avoid situations where they have to decide on something serious (or not). They are too strong confidence that they are not good for anything. Again, low self-esteem can be the result of personal attitudes, a consequence of toxic / improper education, and so on.
Unwillingness to leave the comfort zone. When a person lives a measured, quiet and peaceful life, at some point he loses all ability to do something, develop somehow, strive somewhere. He becomes very comfortable in his cocoon that he does not want to change anything. A step beyond the comfort zone engenders an excessive fear of failure, which ultimately leads to the fact that a person remains in place. Treading life, lives without a spark and interest, but he is comfortable and there is no reason for any experiences.
Certain traits. Timidity and indecision, increased conformity, lack of craving for risk, self-absorption, separation from the outside world, a tendency to fantasies and illusions, hypochondria and suspiciousness – all this may lie behind the mask of fear of failure.
Lack of vitality. If a person faces a serious task, but he does not feel any intrinsic motivation, nor enough forces to accomplish the cause, then he will most likely give up his idea.
Concentration on the opinions of others. There are people who are madly dependent on what others say or think about them. The fear of failure in this case is reinforced by the idea that when they fail at a man, everyone will laugh, that they will begin to condemn or even despise him. Such people, for whom – in addition – it is extremely difficult to make decisions, make choices, are constantly in suspense, look around at everyone and independently, voluntarily fertilize the ground for nurturing various fears, worries and anxieties. In this same reason, the fear of failure is also concentrated on the idea that, under unfavorable circumstances, a person in the eyes of other people suddenly suddenly ceases to be good, worthy, right, successful, attractive. As a rule, all such concerns have no real justification. But for a person with increased anxiety and with similar views to realize this is almost impossible.
Benefit from the fear of failure. There are also such individuals who receive any benefit, cherishing their inner fear. What can it be? For example, the fact that at some point such a person would no longer pin their hopes and give him some responsibility. Such a person, hiding behind fears and fear, may to some extent make his life easier, without doing what he really does not want to do. The benefit from the fear of failure in each individual case is unique, much depends on the nature of the person and his outlook on life.