We all have different definitions of failure, a failure for you may simply be a learning experience for someone else. There are different causes of failure and different symptoms but most of us are afraid of failing at least some of the time. This fear sabotages our efforts to achieve our goals as we build mental barriers to prevent us trying at all or as much as we could.
There are various ways to overcome this fear of failure and one extreme method is to face danger head on through a physical adventure that will threaten to dwarf your previous mental fears.
In this post below, reproduced from Game Plan A, Margarite Bagaeva uses her experience on the high trapeze to provide three pieces of practical advice to help you;
1. Face your fears head on
Facing your fears will take you to heights and places that you never thought possible.
When you’re standing on a platform 10 meters above ground, nervous – but at the same time excited – it is the encouraging smile of your instructor that gives you confidence. If he is sure I can do it, then I can.
Then comes the moment when you need to take the step from the platform into the air. For a second you are free falling and you’re very aware that everything depends on the strength of your arms. Yes, there is a safety harness, but your brain doesn’t believe you and your heart pumps like crazy.
The key is to take that step. Once you’ve overcome the fear, you feel so proud of yourself and desperate to do more.
I’ve taken this combination of creativity and confidence into my own personal and career growth.
2. Apply what you’ve learned from sports in your work life
When I joined Adidas, my first position was in IT, something I’d been doing for more than 10 years and was very confident in, but I’d always wanted to try something completely new.
When I received an offer to transfer to Logistics, I accepted it right away, but when I got home in the evening I was overcome with concerns: “What if my experience is not enough? I am not an expert in logistics – how will I know we are doing the right things?” It was a mixture of wanting the change and feelings of reservation.
The way to overcome them was to leave the safety of the platform and fly. It was challenging. I had to learn a lot of new things, accept my mistakes and grow from them. My strength was in my team, in the belief that I can do it, and in enjoying the challenge. Taking a leap of faith can help you land your feet where they rightly belong.
3. Be determined and you’ll get there in the end
In flying trapeze, I want to learn so many new elements but I only have an hour a couple times a week, and work to make the most out of it. I put all my effort into it, at times I get frustrated and tired but I keep working to turn this one hour into valuable experience and results.
Doesn’t this remind you of your own office routine? Make the first step, deal with the difficulties and limited resources, learn from your experiences and repeat.
“The secret is to be patient and determined. That’s the magic of overcoming your fears”
No matter whether its sport or business, you just do what needs to be done, put up with insecurities and fears and through your commitment, you’ll achieve success.