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2. Not trying at all. Sometimes fearful people won't even try. If it's something new, forget it! How can you get best out of yourself and others if you don't even try? And how can you innovate if you don't try new things?
3. Anger. When your fear manifests itself as anger, very bad things happen. You alienate your family, friends, and employees. And, you become unpleasant to be around, which is a good way to lose customers.
4. Overcompensation. Instead of getting angry, some people overcompensate. By that I mean that they are so afraid that they will make a mistake that they will go overboard to make sure that they don't, wasting time, money, and other resources.
So what's cure? Self-confidence. That's easy to say but hard to get. The good news is that books and tapes are out there that will help you. Find them. Study them.
Constantly remind yourself that nothing worthwhile happens without some failure along way. If you're not making mistakes, you're not trying hard enough. Besides, you can never completely fail because, in your attempt, you succeeded in overcoming fear of failing.
If you have to be afraid of something, be afraid of being afraid. Nothing will kill your dream faster.
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