The growth mindset demands that you adopt a new attitude toward making mistakes. We have to welcome failure because it's a key part of the learning process. In fact, you learn more from messing up than from doing things right.
However, this attitude is not second nature for most of us. Here are some ideas on how to overcome your fear of making mistakes so that you can grow and take action.
Who Says You Shouldn’t Make Mistakes?
What keeps many of us from getting over this fear of making mistakes is perceived pressure from outside. Maybe you yourself don’t think it’s such a big deal, but you worry that others will ridicule and judge you. This is where the difference between having a fixed mindset and growth mindset comes in.
It could be pressure from outside that makes you unable to take risks. Thus, being closer to having a fixed mindset. You are fixed into doing things that other people would only have good words for. On the other hand, having a growth mindset allows you to be more confident in taking risks thus opening more doors for opportunities for you.
What’s the Worst That Could Happen?
Many people find it helpful to think about the worst that could happen if they try something and fail. This helps to dispel the fear because you realize the worst-case scenario is not so bad after all. Will you wreck your business? How much money will you lose? Will there be permanent damage that can’t be undone?
Once you consider the worst that could happen, visualize the best that could happen. Often by comparing these too, we can see that the potential reward far outweighs the risk.
Shut Down Your Inner Critic
Your inner critic is the voice inside your head that shoots you down before you even get started. When setting goals, we all want to be realistic. Your inner critic goes far beyond “realistic” and simply prevents you from taking action. When you’re about to take a risk or try something new, this voice stops you by focusing on mistakes you could make.
You can dispel your inner critic by identifying it and calling it out. Learn to recognize when you’re not being realistic but self-defeating. Once you know this is happening, you can remember that succeed or fail, you’ll learn something valuable, and ignore it.
Welcome Your Mistakes
It may be helpful to realize that you are definitely going to make mistakes and welcome them. This is an essential part of growing and you will learn from it. People who seem brave don’t have any more courage than the rest of us. They are afraid and take action anyway. You can too by making this a habit.
While all business owners only wish for a growth mindset, failure is inevitable. But what can change your business’ fate is how well you can manipulate the course into your liking.
Reframe with Positive Language
The language you use is very important in forming how you think about what you do. Learn to frame things using positive phrases rather than negative, and it will change your attitude as well.
For example, you just launched a product that didn’t sell because you didn’t do your targeting well. Instead of saying you didn’t do it right, reframe it to say, “I need to work more on my targeting next time.” You’re focused on how you can improve rather than how you failed.
About Alicia Sinclaire
Founder of Creative Bloom
Alicia has over a decade of experience in marketing, sales, and client relations which allowed her to garner the expertise as well as the knowledge to help other people reach the peak of their success.
A multi-passionate entrepreneur and multipotentialite, Alicia has worked with various small businesses, nonprofits, and corporate clients in industries such as finance, education, real estate, health, law, and technology. She is proactively developing and designing courses about Business, properly setting the right Mindset, and formulating strategies in systematic ways, for ambitious entrepreneurs to fast track operations and core development rising to new heights.
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