It must be a year end trend. Not one, but two articles showed up this morning on the fear of failure. Maybe because it is the end of the year and there is some soul-searching about we did or did not accomplish? No matter why (or what), we all experience that fear.
From Seth Godin:
We live in an extraordinary moment, with countless degrees of freedom. The instant and effortless connection to a billion people changes everything, but instead, we’re paralyzed with fear, a fear so widespread that you might not even notice it.
We have more choices, more options and more resources than any generation, ever.
And from Neil Patel:
When we fear failure, we’re at a crucial point of development. We’re admitting to ourselves that something is bigger than we are. In this case, it’s our fear.
Take a step back mentally, and ask this question: “What am I really afraid of?” “Failure” is not clear enough. There’s something more, something concrete.
Keep thinking, and find the big monsters that are freaking you out…
Both articles offer some excellent points and thoughts to consider when you have your own battle with the fear of failure.
We have yet to meet the person who feels they have too much time and not enough to do (ok, maybe some bored children in the summer, but otherwise…).
So here are some great tips on how to work smarter. Our favorite?
Schedule your day the night before.
Every day, you should list all your tasks and when you’re going to do them the following day. You will not be productive unless you plan out everything you’re going to do the next morning.
Quick tip: Don’t schedule too much. Keep your to-do schedule light to actually accomplish real work.
You can read the article here.