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You can fight your fear of failure

Vanessa King of Action for Happiness, author of 10 Keys To Happier Living, recommends Wire Your Brain For Confidence: The Science Of Conquering Self-Doubt by Louisa Jewell

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Despite being competent in several areas of our lives, many of us don’t feel good enough. Even when we have success, we can question it or attribute it to someone or something else. Why do we do that? To some extent, self-doubt is normal, helpful even, if we are struggling with a difficult challenge, and it can motivate us to learn or seek help. But, if we are unsure of our abilities and the daily outcomes that stem from those abilities, it can lead to procrastination and hold us back from doing things that help fulfil our dreams. We are also more likely to experience anxiety and depression. Chronic self-doubters spend less time positively focused on the task in hand and more energy avoiding being seen to fail. This fear of failure can cause us to consciously or subconsciously self-sabotage so that, when we fail, we have a reason for it, rather than putting our self-worth on the line. However, researchers have found that the actual experience of failure is rarely as bad as we anticipate. We also underestimate how much we’ll regret not doing something.

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