Fear of failure causes us to miss out on things.


[vimeo id="100989822"] People talk a lot about the fear of failure these days. It’s a popular topic to blog and write about, and usually the authors offer a few ways to overcome it. But how exactly does this fear affect us? What does it actually do to us? I believe that if we understand these effects, we can be empowered to overcome them in a new way.

First, fear of failure usually presents the worst-case scenario to an opportunity. Our minds tend to go this without even trying. Your friends invite you skydiving and you immediately think, “What if the parachute doesn’t open?” instead of, “Wow, you mean I can actually experience what flying might feel like?” We need to see the positive potential in opportunities. Whether it’s planting a church, starting a business, or starting a new job, in each situation we need to train our minds to not focus on the worst case scenario. Now do I mean that we ignore all facts? Not at all. Just don’t let a good opportunity pass you by because something BAD might happen. Think of the result if the best-case scenario turns out – the opportunity would be worth it.

Second, fear of failure will cause you to second-guess your decisions. Once we commit to a decision, it’s often with the fear of failure that we start second-guessing our choices. Can I really do this job? Am I good enough? Do I have enough experience? And the list goes on and on. The point is we start to doubt the decision we made the second we make it. The simple fix is to just keep moving regardless of your fear. You’ve made the commitment and now it’s time to live it out. This is where you have to trust God and know that He has your best interest at heart and will lead you to success. Draw courage from all the times that He provided for you and led you in the past – keep trusting Him.

Third, fear of failure keeps you from maximizing your potential. This is perhaps the most devastating result of the fear of failure. Simply, you wont live out the full potential of your divine design. I believe that this is how we are restricted from accomplishing what we’ve been created to do. Ephesians tells us that God has planned good things for us to accomplish, but if we allow the fear of failure to hold us back from doing them; we will miss our great mission. On the flipside though, if we learn to overcome fear of failure, we will maximize our potential, accomplish our mission, and be led to do even more. So don’t let the fear of failure hold you back from doing what God has called you to do. And that’s key to overcoming this fear – know that God called you to do it.

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