SOURCE: Taken from a booklet by June Hunt
Fear of failure manifests itself in various ways in different personalities.
Perhaps you recognize one or more of these characteristics in yourself or in someone you care about.
• Paralysis—failing to take any action or make any decisions for fear of being wrong
• Purposelessness—moving from one job or profession to another with no real sense of commitment or direction for fear of making a wrong decision
• Perfectionism—doing only those things that can be done flawlessly, those that carry little or no risk of failure, for fear of criticism
• Pride—refusing to engage in certain activities for fear of being less than the best and feeling inferior to someone else
• Paranoia—distrusting the motives of those who ask you to do things for fear of being exposed as being less than adequate
• Procrastination—putting off tackling an assignment or performing a task for fear of doing it poorly
When you know the depth and breadth of the love the Father has for you, your fear will dissipate and its power over you will be broken. Failure and success will take on a whole new meaning, and you will no longer be ruled by the fear of negative results. When you act in faith, you can leave the results to God, who never fails.
“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.”
(1 John 4:18)
Hunt, J. (2008). Biblical Counseling Keys on Success through Failure: From Stumbling Stones to Stepping Stones (9). Dallas, TX: Hope For The Heart.