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Fear of Failure: Why Getting Back Up After a Fall Really Matters

January 24, 2017

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“Did I really NOT break any bones?”

That’s the question that was running through my head. Especially in those first few moments as I was stumbling around the gas station in a state of shock and disbelief.

I kept grabbing parts of my body to make sure everything was intact. As soon as I realized that yes — I was truly OK, I turned to my group of panic-stricken onlookers and said, “Look. I’m not done yet. I want to go again. Right now.”

The fear of failure can be paralyzing. But you know what’s even worse? The fear of continuing to fail, especially after you’ve just taken a pretty big hit.

If you’re challenging yourself to grow creatively, emotionally or even physically, at some point along your path, you’re going to stumble. Could be a minor misstep, a full-on flop or something in between.

Failures (i.e. challenges, lessons, mistakes, gifts — whatever language you prefer) are guaranteed. What matters most, however, isn’t the fact you stumbled. What matters most is what you do immediately after.

Don’t let one flop convince you you’re a failure.

Because the decisions you make when you’re down determine how high you’ll eventually fly. Bottom line…

Don’t give the fear of failure a chance to harden in your bones. Get back up while the fear is fresh.

In this episode of MarieTV you’ll learn about my recent face-plant in Italy and how to be empowered by your mistakes, not trapped by them.

Now I’d love to hear from you. In the comments, tell me about a time that you wiped out, whether literally or metaphorically. What did you learn and how did you grow as a result?

Has a fear of failure — or a fear of not being good enough — ever set in? What action could you take right now to get back in the game?

Share as much detail as possible in your reply. Thousands of beautiful souls come here each week for insight and inspiration. Your story may help someone else reclaim their courage.

Important: share your thoughts and ideas directly in the comments. Links to other posts, videos, etc. will be deleted as they come across as spammy.

No matter what, remember this. When you get knocked down, it doesn’t mean that you’re weak, stupid or incapable. It means you’re human. You’re brave for trying.

Thanks for sharing your perspective and making this corner of the Internet a truly spectacular place.

With all my love,


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