Dr. Shimi Kang | Psychiatrist
Los Angeles, California
PRODUCTIVITY AND THE FEAR OF FAILURE | Is fear of failure holding you back from achieving your goals?
Grad Psych Professor Martin Covington of @universityofcaliforniaberkeley explains that fear of failure is tied to our sense of self worth. In a general summary: those who believe in their own competency and ability to succeed tend to have a higher self-worth. Whereas, those who (consciously or sub-consciously) donât believe they have the ability to succeed will often engage in unproductive actions/behaviours in an aim to preserve self-worth.
These behaviours include making excuses, avoidance, and other defence mechanisms. In other words, self-sabotage.
In his Handbook of Motivation at School, which studies university students, Martin discovered FOUR types of achievers:
1. SUCCESS ORIENTED. Learns for the sake of learning. Sees failure as an opportunity to improve, not a reflection of their abilities.
2. OVER-STRIVERS. Very fearful of failure; will go out of their way to avoid it at all costs. Prone to stress, over-work and anxiety.
3. FAILURE AVOIDING. Self-worth is low - doesnât believe they will succeed yet wants to avoid failure. Will often make many excuses, procrastinate, or not participate at all.
4. FAILURE ACCEPTING. Extremely low self-worth, has internalized failure. Most difficult to motivate, and often has given up trying all together.
Of course, we should all strive to be success oriented achievers. The first step is recognizing your own thinking patterns that may be holding you back.
What type of achiever are you? Does fear of failure hold you back from achieving your goals? Let me know in the comments below. ð¬ #thedolphinway