ML MEMO: 6 Tips on Overcoming the Fear of Failure

October newsletter coverphoto of Danette in Wellington, NZ

Welcome back, 

When did you last fail, at anything? And how did you feel, as a result? These are important questions for all of us as we near the end of 2022. The pandemic has taught us much about our reliance on systems and structure, and how we can struggle when that structure and those systems collapse because of an unexpected, unforeseen disruptor.

Our theme this month is What We Can Learn From Failure. Many people avoid failure and yet it often teaches us way more than success does. Failure is an opportunity for growth and learning. To discover a little more about who we are and what is possible. Failure can happen when we take a risk: we choose to do something that might not work. It can help us stay humble or it can prompt us to choose comfort and safety instead of risk. There are times when our brain is working against us because it likes feeling comfortable and safe, it craves the certainty of the status quo.

It’s often said that the only real failure in life is never taking a chance, never doing something that might not work. For me the greatest lesson I’ve learned about risk and failing is to find the people who will challenge you and support you, whether you succeed or fail. They could be your life or business partner, a mentor, a coach.

When you decide to try something risky, something new – something that might not work, make sure your plan includes others who will be there to either help you up and dust you off, or help you celebrate and acknowledge what you’ve achieved.

This month we’ll be sharing podcasts, resources, and experiences of our failures and successes. We hope you enjoy this month’s shares on social media.

Until next time, enjoy the magical spring weather!

The Magical Learning Team

Infographic on how to overcome the fear of failure

PODCAST: How Happiness Affects Peak Performance 

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Many of us associate working hard with dissatisfaction, either in work or in other parts of our life…In this episode, we are lucky enough to be joined by Dr Greg Wells; father, husband, Associate Professor of Kinesiology at the University of Toronto, Ted x and Titans Summit speaker, author of 4 books and commentator for the Canadian Olympic Swimming team. He breaks down peak performance from many angles, and also gives us some of his philosophies around other parts of life that can help us all. 


You can find out more about him on his website. And you can listen to this episode here on Spotify, also available wherever you listen to podcasts. 

VIDEO: What We learned from 2021

This video is from the archives. Since our theme is on the Upside of Failure, it’s a good idea to revisit what last year was like and learn from it.

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Think like a queen. A queen is not afraid to fail. Failure is another stepping stone to greatness.

Oprah Winfrey

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