What to Do When You're Afraid to Make a Mistake

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We all have deep-seated dreams and desires, but few of us are willing to go after them.

Why is that?

In many cases, it's due to the fact that we're scared to make a mistake. Or to fail on any level. 

So, instead, we continue in our comfort zone, gliding along doing only what we succeed at.

While this feels good for the moment, it's no way to truly excel at life. Personally or professionally. 

So, here are three ways to release the fear of mistakes, and develop a better growth mindset instead:

1. Get Better Input

First, listen to people who've put themselves out there and read inspiring books about growth. Find mentors that are doing what you want to do (in any category of your life).

By improving your input to include people that DO make mistakes, you'll see that those people are actually able to use them to learn and grow.

2. Practice it Like a Muscle

Courage, self-control, and branching out are skills that can be built over time. So, if you're afraid of making a mistake, MAKE ONE. Start small, but do something you wouldn't normally do, and let yourself fail. It may be uncomfortable at first, but the more you practice the more confidence and comfort you'll develop around doing this thing.

Need a push? Try a 30-day challenge where every day you do something that scares you a little bit. You'll be astonished at how you feel and what you've done when it's over.

3. Inspire Yourself

Utilize growth mindset quotes to put yourself in the right mindset. Attach them to your walls, make them your screen saver, and write them on your bathroom mirror. Take advantage of every opportunity available to remind yourself that it is possible to do hard things.

You were built for it.

In Conclusion

I hope these tips help you move on from your mistakes faster and to see them for what they are: incredibly valuable opportunities.

Or, as J.K. Rowling once said

“Failure is so important. We speak about success all the time. But it is the ability to resist or use failure that often leads to success.” – J.K. Rowling

(What you may not know is that before Harry Potter was published, it was rejected by 12 major publishers and she was single parenting on welfare.)



Comments (5)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Jennifer - mistakes are not just a part of life - they are important(and necessary).  The example of J K Rowley is one that can't be ignored.  It's just one of many examples that underscore its relevance throughout history.  

Mar 10, 2021 09:06 AM
Will Hamm
Hamm Homes - Aurora, CO
"Where There's a Will, There's a Way!"

Hello Jennifer, Interesting blog to share with us here in the Rain.  I always tell myself I need to learn from my mistakes.


Mar 10, 2021 09:59 AM
John Pusa
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Crest - Glendale, CA
Your All Time Realtor With Exceptional Service

Hello Jennifer, it is human nature afraid from mistakes. But, it is not easy to succeed without mistakes.

Mar 10, 2021 05:17 PM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Jennifer- so many are paralyzed to do what they want to do because of the fear of making a mistake. We put more emphasis on a mistake than we do on success. 

Mar 10, 2021 06:48 PM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Hello there Jennifer. I love the way that you think. I hope you will join us for our Tuesday calls. You could be an interesting guest speaker sometime.

Mar 11, 2021 11:09 AM