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Overcoming Fear of Failure

Updated: May 6, 2021

Our beliefs our powerful. They are so powerful because if we believe it, it is true, no matter if it is actually true or not. Beliefs can help us or they can hinder us. A popular belief many people hold is: “I cannot pursue my dreams because I might fail.”

Does that resonate with you? Many of us are so afraid of failure we don’t even try, but we are still left with this feeling of emptiness knowing something is missing. The longer we deny ourselves our dreams, the bigger the hole of emptiness fills our lives.

When I announced my resignation from my previous career to pursue holistic healing full time, so many people told me how brave I was. Quite a sentiment, right? At that moment, I felt the pangs of those around me who had not yet dared to explore their dreams, their true calling in life. I wish they knew it would be OK to work on something they’ve dreamed about, too.

Here’s something I believe about dreams: there is a huge possibility your dream is your purpose, or part of it at the very least. There is also a great chance your dreams are aligned with your divine gifts. Why else would you feel your dreams continually tug at you when you don’t work on them? But it can be scary to think about the possible consequences of doing something different. Yes, "failure" can happen. But it’s only truly a failure if you don’t learn something from it.

Starting Small

In my previous career I worked as a quality improvement expert, and it was exciting. Yes, I'm being serious! I utilized a method of implementing small tests of change to improve processes and outcomes in the healthcare industry. Changes were implemented on a small scale, then analyzed for effectiveness. Instead of making huge, sweeping changes at once, this process allowed the opportunity to adapt and refine the change before full implementation. Following your dreams can work in the same manner.

Following your dreams doesn’t have to begin with a drastic change like investing all your life savings or quitting your job. Instead it can be a series of steps working toward your dream that allow you to learn what works well, what doesn’t, and how to move forward. When you begin to feel uncomfortable about following your dreams, just remember how uncomfortable you were when you didn't.

When you decide to answer the call of your heart's desires, incredible things can begin happening for you. Doors open and close in unexpected places, you see signs encouraging you to keep moving forward, and the resources you need seem to appear out of nowhere.

Be love. Be light. Just Be.


About the Author: Serena James is a holistic healer and natural wellness enthusiast. She offers a variety of energy healing services and natural wellness solutions to help individuals experience a life of love, abundance, and wellness as they were meant to.

Disclaimer: This article is for informational purposes only and is not intended to treat, diagnose, cure, or prevent any disease or illness. Any action you take as a result of this information is self-prescribed and your right to do so.

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