Whatever it is, you’re afraid to try because you’re afraid you’ll fail. That’s how I felt when I started blogging 7 months ago.
I was sure I was going to fail and also sure that everyone was going to make fun of me. Who does she think she is, writing a blog? To me, blogging was completely scary.
The Strange Thing About Blogging
Blogging is an interesting phenomenon. Many of us are newbies at writing, learning as we go. Unfortunately – or fortunately, depending on the confidence of the blogger – we don’t get to learn in the privacy of our homes.
We get to invite the whole world to our learning party.
Of course, the whole world isn’t really watching us or we wouldn’t be bottom dog bloggers, but that’s beside the point. The point is that they can watch if they want to.
For those of you who don’t blog, can you see how intimidating this would be? It’s like sounding out your first word ever in front of the entire school – including the 6th graders and including that person in your life who already thinks you’re a loser.
This worldwide stage creates a dilemma for us insecure types. What if we fail? It’s a scary thought.
It helps to get a biblical perspective. Here are some questions I wrote to have conversations with God about my own fear of failure. I hope they’ll help you with whatever you’re afraid of.
This blog post was originally written as part of a series on ministry and blogging.
Fear of Failure Questions
- What is your goal? Be specific.
- Do you feel like you have to succeed?
- If so, why do you think you feel that way?
- Who* do you think will make fun of you or condemn you if you pursue this goal or fail to reach it? Name names.
- For each person on your list, answer the following questions:
- Is this person an accepting, positive, encouraging person by nature?
- Does this person agree with what you’re doing?
- Given this person’s personality and preferences, do you think it’s realistic to expect him to be positive about your project? Why or why not?
- What will you need to accept if you decide to press on with this goal?
- Is God enough to satisfy you even if everyone else rejects you or if you fail to reach your goal?
- Do you think He wants you to press on with this project? Why or why not?
- Is there anything you need to trust Him with? If so, what?
- What can you thank Him for in this situation?
* I ask these first two questions because most people who fear failure have a critical or condemning person lurking somewhere in their life. If you don’t, answer the questions for the world at large.
Fear of Failure Bible Verses
Psalm 27:1, 3, 5 The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? Though a host encamp against me, my heart will not fear; though war arise against me, in spite of this I shall be confident. For in the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; In the secret place of His tent He will hide me; He will lift me up on a rock.
Psalm 91:2-4 I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust!” For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings you may seek refuge; His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Psalm 147:2-3 The Lord builds up Jerusalem; He gathers the outcasts of Israel. He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart
Zephaniah 3:17 The Lord your God is in your midst, a victorious warrior. He will exult over you with joy, He will be quiet in His love, He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy.
Galatians 1:10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men? If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.
You can also find these questions and Bible verses in the Renewing of the Mind Project.