Fear of failure is a barrier that blocks my creative thinking. When the fear of failure runs deep, it also has the power to confuse, and ultimately sabotage, strategic thinking. Fear of failure makes it easy for me to avoid taking responsibility for my creative progress. Fear of failure helps me stay within my comfort zones, despite the emotional anxiety, stress or unhappiness that it creates.
From years of wrestling with a fear of failure, the upside is that I’ve found out how it operates. Now, I recognise the triggers, so I can adjust my thoughts and behaviour before it consumes me. A fear of failure can have a huge, negative impact on my time, energy, space and money.
Fear of failure has a detrimental affect on my ability to manage time. Fear of failure causes me to procrastinate. The quality of my decisions is reduced. My time and effort is wasted undoing the consequences of those decisions.
Fear of failure affects how well I manage my energy levels. Avoiding failure is a massive drain on my physical, emotional and mental energy levels. It drains my creative spirit.
Fear of failure reduces my ability to maintain my space. Mental confusion, due to fear of failure, blurs the boundaries between my personal life and working life, so a balance between work, rest and play is harder to achieve, or barely exists.
Fear of failure taxes my finances. Time, energy and space are valuable resources. The combination of poorly managed time, low energy levels and a lack of boundaries can barely encourage or support a strong, long term financial position.
Thoughts precede behaviour. When I apply the right mix of creative thinking and critical thinking before taking action, fear of failure is reduced, and often removed. Barriers to creativity are removed. Increased productivity is the result.
What are your creative blockers?