What is Atychiphobia?

I can’t even pronounce it, but I definitely have it. So what is it?  

Fear of Failure.

I think we all have this on some level, but maybe I’m wrong. If you don’t have it then I’m extremely jealous, but more power to you and carry on with your bad self. The rest of us who need a support group can sit here and commiserate on this.

 

So I almost didn’t start this blog, or write this post. What if I don’t have anything unique to say? What if I say the wrong thing? Freaking out about the fact that I’m not perfect and I make typos, I don't have the perfect layout and my comment button won't appear and I’m not as good at this as everybody else seems to be. (Hello, learning curve? Can you let me skip this step please?) Also, I’m busy and of course, my busy life is a very justifiable excuse to not do this, right? WRONG! Time to pull up my big girl panties and do this!

My favorite author, C.S. Lewis said, “Failures are finger posts on the road to achievement.”

Worry, fear, failure. Scary words. But we must face our fears as if they were demons to be slain, to attack them with all the vigor of an epic sword duel. Right? Right!

Knowing that others, famous authors even, have sat in self-doubt just like we do. The difference? They don’t (or didn’t) let their fear and insecurity win. We need use it to fuel our drive to succeed and understand that we will fail. Someone I admire once told me, “You can fail but You are never a failure.” I love that. No matter how many times we fail, it’s our choice to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and start all over again.

My mission: To not let my fears cripple me. To fight them head on and to learn new and amazing things. That’s why I’m here. I challenge you to do the same. Hope to see you on the battle lines!