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Whether it pertains to personal goals, relationships, or business goals, everyone experiences the fear of failure. In fact, many people also associate their fear with the consequences of failure and stress about achieving their goals, getting the job of their dreams, or living up to other people’s expectations. However, another more positive way to perceive the fear and the anxiety and stress comes with it. As a matter of fact, fear of failure has been a fundamental factor and the main reason behind many of the world’s most impressive achievements. Indeed, there is certainly a host of benefits that come with having a positive attitude towards the fear of failure. On that premise, the following article presents ways to turn fear of failure into motivation and to leverage it into one’s own benefits.

Assessing the overall situation
The first crucial step one can do acknowledging his or her fears. Fears should be fully accepted as well as treated as valid and real. It is important to keep in mind that there is certainly a reason behind the fear, even if it is hard to understand, so it should not be hidden. Another thing that should be part of the situation assessment is objective data. This means that while an individual’s intuition is crucial, feelings should certainly be separated from facts.

Taking action
Facing the fear of failure should be on the top of an individual’s to-do list. That being said, facing fear requires a lot of detailed planning. For instance, instead of saying, “I plan to find my dream job,” an individual should detail his or her plans by building their resume as well as looking and applying for jobs daily.

Committing to the plans
At this point, the individual has already countered his or her fear with rationality and has already designed a plan to perceive fear as an opportunity and turn it into motivation. The next important step is following through with action. Although it can be a daunting task, taking action will put fear in its place and allow the individual to focus on their goals instead.