If motivation is what propels us forward, fear of failure is what keeps us back. For instance, we may be very motivated to enter a burning building to save someone, but the fear of failing to save them and us dying can be enough to stop us in our tracks.
In our everyday lives, this fear is constantly at odds with our desires. Asking someone out, discussing a raise with our boss, start going to the gym; as much as we might want something, if our fear is bigger than the desire nothing will happen.
How do you beat this? In short, you just do it. Yes, easier said than done, but you don’t have to plunge into the pool – take one step at a time. Start with small actions that are outside of your comfort zone, and take gradual steps towards those big, life changing events.