Trying to make a decision in a relationship, job, finance or choosing a location all involve the same problem, the possibility of regret. That ability we have of placing ourselves in the future and looking back on that moment of choice with horror.
Making decisions requires confidence. It requires a degree of certainty. When tough decisions with serious consequences are called for, it can be difficult for some people to know what is best. The fear of making the wrong decision can cause a sort of mental paralysis in those who suffer from Decidophobia. They may feel angry and agitated when faced with choices, because they are unsure of themselves
There are three defining features of impostorism. The first is a feeling that other people have an inflated perception of your abilities. Second is a fear that your true abilities will be found out, and third is a persistent tendency to attribute successes to external factors, such as luck or disproportionate effort.
CEO of Chatter recognised that the success of their product relied heavily on top management working more closely with the people within the organisation who had critical customer knowledge and were adding the most value. Collaboration was key to future success.
More and more executives understand what innovators have always known: that failure is a prerequisite to invention. A business can’t develop a breakthrough product or process if it’s not willing to encourage risk taking and learn from subsequent mistakes.
While few companies are willing to commit to a course that looks like an error, the power of intentionally taking the wrong road can be seen in the high payoffs that have come from strategies that initially seemed like mistakes.
Everyone hates to fail but for some people failing presents such a significant psychological threat their motivation to avoid failure exceeds their motivation to succeed. This fear of failure causes them to unconsciously sabotage their chances of success in a variety of ways.
Research on anxiety and fear has viewed these phenomena, at best, as unpleasant emotions, and at worst, unhealthy psychological conditions. But fear can be a good thing. It grants us opportunities to grow, to challenge ourselves in unexpected ways and to develop the courage to endure uncomfortable situations. It helps us to become more flexible and more resilient. But to derive the benefits of fear, we need to cultivate courage.
The irrational, constant, overwhelming fear of failure is actually a phobia: atychiphobia. Chances are you don’t have this condition. But if you’re a member of Gen Y, you might experience a mild case of this from time to time.
Glossophobia, or fear of public speaking, is a condition that effects as much as 75% of people. During a flare-up, symptoms may include sweaty palms, shortened breath, heightened blood pressure, nausea, stiffening of neck and upper back muscles, dry mouth, and a distinct desire to flee the premises.
Fear of failure can stop us from succeeding in life and at work. Learn how to overcome your fears so that you can keep moving towards your goals.
Vicky Ellam-Dyson's insight:
Fear of failure for those in leadership positions can affect ability to make decision, delegate, take necessary risks, be innovative, etc. thus putting the leader at risk of derailment - failure! Ironic...