Overcoming the Fear of Failure by Bill Gough, Allstate Hall of Fame Agent

I want to talk briefly to you about overcoming a different fear that can also cripple our success over time—the fear of failure. No human is exempt. The most successful people know how to deal with it.

The fear of failure is something both you and I have experienced at some point in our lives. It may be related to a relationship, your business or even mastering a new skill.

When doubt starts to build up, it’s important to remember that we are in control of our success … AND … only you and I can decide to get up again or stay down when we hit the ground.

Here are 10 of my favorite quotes about overcoming the fear of failure that can help motivate you the next time the fear of failure raises its ugly head. Remember, life goes by pretty quickly, don’t let fear keep you from reaching your maximum potential.

I suggest you print these fabulous quotes below and tape them up near your work desk, your bathroom mirror, the sun-visor in your car or anyplace you can remind yourself this is how some of the most successful people on the planet overcome their fears.

“I’ve come to believe that all my past failure and frustrations were actually laying the foundation for the understandings that have created the new level of living I now enjoy.” - Tony Robbins

“You’ll always miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” - Wayne Gretzky

“Defeat is not the worst of failures. Not to have tried is the true failure.” - George Edward Woodberry

“What would life be if we had no courage to attempt anything?” - Vincent van Gogh

“Do one thing every day that scares you.” - Eleanor Roosevelt

“I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” - Michael Jordan

“Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall.” - Confucius

“The only failure is not to try.” - George Clooney

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.” - Dale Carnegie

“Failure is success if we learn from it.” - Malcolm Forbes

The next time you are having doubts about implementing a new process, trying a new sales technique, or running a new direct marketing campaign remember, the only way you fail is if you don’t try… if you don’t work to be a little bit better each day.