I’ve been working with a highly ambitious client, plagued by his profound fear of failure. It’s a situation where telling a person, “Don’t feel like that,” won’t work. We’re not even trying to rid him of the problem at this time. We’re working on changing how he responds when he (inevitably) finds himself in a panic.
By default, he’s got two responses. He tries to get someone; or a coalition of people, to reassure him that all will be well. Alternately or additionally, he’ll also go to great lengths to avoid the challenge that scares him.
These responses are not helping him to get ahead. Since this is what he wants, we’re working on the trigger point.
How do you handle your fear of failure?