I used to have a major fear of failure.
In elementary school, I would pretend that I was sick on spelling bee days, because I didn’t want to be embarrassed if I couldn’t spell something simple. I also had meltdowns if I got anything less than an “A” on a test.
This fear of failure or of looking stupid stayed with me for a long time. In fact, I didn’t start to move past the quest for perfectionism until grad school.
The only way I got past the fear of failure was by changing my mindset. I realized that I would be happier and more successful if I looked at failures as opportunities to grown and learn. Now, when something isn’t working, I don’t panic. I don’t automatically beat myself up. Instead, I look at what isn’t working and I make changes and I try to do better the next time.
Allowing myself room to fail is one thing I credit to my business success. I wouldn’t have taken the chances that I have if I continued to be scared of messing up–of not succeeding on the first try.
With today’s video, I’m encouraging you to think about what YOU do when something isn’t working. Do you beat yourself up? Or, do you look at it as a way to grow and learn?
I’d really love for you to share in the comments below one thing that hasn’t worked in your business and how you changed it. Or, one thing that isn’t working and you haven’t figured out how to change it.
I think it’s really helpful for other creative entrepreneurs to see that they’re not alone–that they aren’t the only ones who struggle with writing product descriptions, taking beautiful product photos, or putting together blog content that is entertaining. So, please share with us even if it’s a little scary to do so!