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The greatest paradox of life is that when we were kids, we had a fearless mindset and we were daring enough to explore the world around us with a sense of ardour and curiosity. This triggered a great amount of learning. However, upon reaching adulthood, fear, which we acquired from our environment, began to grip us in full throttle.
Our mind actually has many pictures associated with the word ''fear''. These fears are products of certain events, situations and experiences in the past.
The greatest of these is fear of failure. It is linked with experiencing shame and embarrassment. Perhaps statements from other people like ''You can’t do this or that,'' ''You are not capable,'' ''You messed up'' or ''No one has done such things before'' have had a great impact on your self-esteem. These may have restricted you from taking bigger steps to succeed. These may have led to self-doubt, which caused you to give up on your goals and dreams. These may have paralysed you from performing well in the workplace.
All of us carry a certain amount of fear in our hearts; this is normal. When we experience fear, we are placed in a fight or flight mode. It is up to us which choice we will pick. Successful people know how to handle their fear of failure and transform this into something beneficial.
If you want to progress in your existing job, do not let fear of failure haunt you. Embrace new responsibilities and challenges fully. You are capable of learning what other people have already learned.
Learn new skills. Find volunteer opportunities where you can refute your self-limiting beliefs and discover more about yourself. Remember, only strategies fail, not the individuals themselves.
• Acknowledge what your fears are in order to deal with them
• Use your fears as a way to plan and create powerful actions
• Learn to be humble, inspired and willing to learn from others
Find out why success is a matter of choice
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company