Fear of failure

One of my greatest fears, if I am completely honest with myself, is the fear of failure.  This fear is rooted in a fear of man rather than a fear of God.  Even though I can openly admit that, it remains a struggle.

The fact is that we all fail.  John Maxwell wrote a book called Failing Forward.  It’s all about failure—but it’s also about failing well.

Right now, I have an idea for a book rolling around my head.  I know it’s a good idea.  I find myself sitting down to write, unable to get more than 10 words on a page at a time because I have a fear that no one will read my book.  I fear failure.

I believe that people who have been hurt in past relationships do not enter into new relationships because of a fear of failure.  Relational failure.  If the last relationship failed (ie didn’t meet up the expectations I had of it) what’s to stop a new relationship from failing? 

I heard a sermon on the fear of failure.  The pastor talked about how people are afraid to fail because they are afraid of being labeled a failure.  He said, “We all fart, right?  Just because you fart does not make you a fart.”  That has stuck with me. 

Never let the fear of failure be an excuse for not trying. Society tells us that to fail is the most terrible thing in the world, but I know it isn’t. Failure is part of what makes us human.  Amber Deckers, Ella Mental and the Good Sense Guide

What dream is a fear of failure hindering you from pursuing?

One thought on “Fear of failure

  1. Fear is a great equalizer. While there are those who consider it negative, I believe there is something good and positive about it when it is mixed with Faith and Hope. Failure is also a good thing when mixed with Faith and Hope.

    The sad thing is when Fear and Failure never meet with Faith and Hope. This is where so many get caught up in Fear and become lost to Failure.

    These people need Jesus, because it is He who gives us Faith and Hope.

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