Fear of failure has many different faces. Some students suffer in their own particular way.
An exam year is in many ways a tough year. All the course work is completed, and now it is all about the big picture. Your final exams and your final project are important for your overall grade. Exam pressure is very high. This pressure has increased over the past few years, because more emphasis is put on success rates. High expectations from people around you may also add to this pressure. Exam stress can suddenly strike during your exam year, decreasing your chances of graduating. If you recognise this on time and if you can keep your eyes on the ball, you will increase your chances of graduating. A good method helps you do this.
Perfectionism has a positive side you can be proud of: you have talent, curiousity and a lot of perseverance. But certain thoughts are part of the vicious circle and therefore obstruct the energy you need for your preparations. These thoughts create a connection between making mistakes and your self-esteem. The average results of perfectionists are good enough, but their efforts are too high and affect their stress level and health. That is why perfectionism is an important chapter in the book.
The past few years have shown a growing concern towards gifted children and their specific needs and vulnerability. The increase in attention for this group is a positive and much needed development, because the link between being gifted and having fear of failure is often underestimated. 'Why would you shut down if you are so smart?' is a common question for these children. The real causes of underachieving are lying in social and/or cognitive disconnections. After that disappointing results lead to more underachieving, loss of self-confidence and eventually; fear of failure.
Underlaying thoughts such as ‘I don’t know how to study’ or ‘I don’t belong’ have a great impact, need to be taken seriously and recovered.
You’re standing in front of the audience and on a certain moment your face turns red and you have totally forgotten what you wanted to say…
For many people this is a given when they think about giving a presentation. Bad experiences from the past maintain the problem or even make it worse. Sometimes the presentation is okay but the feeling inside is not and the preparation time is filled with panic and other physical restlessness. The Daredevils method focusses on the thoughts that cause the adrenaline. There are different causes, like the fear about the content of your story, the fear of losing your text or the social fear: ‘what do they think about you?’ And you definitely can work on it and step out of the vicious circle like the student on the picture! He was one of my students.
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