How Fear Makes Us Procrastinate

Last Updated On: May 4, 2020Nomzy

Fear of failure

I have had several posts about procrastination and the stress of having to manage it. No one deserves to deal with procrastination. That is, only if they’ve taken any step to overcome it. In this post, I will be taking a different route.

  • What if we have been fighting the wrong problem?
  • What if it’s something else that we’ve let linger on while we tackle procrastination?

When Procrastination Has A Lot To Do With Fear

  • You need to talk to a crowd
  • Meet new people
  • Market a product
  • Take part in a phone call
  • Converse with people online
  • So so so.

I know that the bulk of inactions have more to do with fear than the interest to do something tasking. You probably feel you are pushing important tasks aside when you actually aren’t, but shying away due to the fear of failure.
Imagine having to convince a crowd to buy a beautiful product you have to offer?
You will worry about flopping and get scared if you aren’t strong enough.

The problem keeps growing!
I’m wondering why they do.
Why can’t I be like miss/mister A? She/he stepped up her game, overcame the fear of failure. A’s business/career is booming.
Why can’t we all do as A did? There are a lot of people whose success we question out of curiosity.

  • How did he/she do it?
  • Were there no setbacks?
  • Why do I have to keep hitting the failure rock, unlike other people?

This is me pouring out me and not thinking for anyone. You may have your thoughts or for some reason, don’t care about how people grow above their fears and make things happen. No one knows what we’ve all had to struggle with. Situations are definitely different.

On Realizing It Is Fear Not Just Procrastination

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I have always had a thing to say about procrastination. After all, it is the primary agent in my inactivity. Like you know, a procrastinator would rather have fun than do what’s more important. It got dawned on me that I may have been fighting the wrong battle. I have an enemy that’s always being blamed for everything. The real problem lingers on while something I may have gotten rid of keeps taking the blame.

We all have our fears, as we all procrastinate. But the ability to step on this fear makes us different. I have a lot to deal with, and it’s only reasonable because I’m human.

We fight the same battle if you have attempted to take a step but given up almost immediately because you feel it won’t make much difference. You are scared of failure and cannot bear to see yourself experiencing it. Rather than try, you give up and move to the next plan.

We grew up with our parents instilling in us the need to be fearless. Now, adulthood has us fending for ourselves; only our desire to overcome this battle can help us.
We are now being controlled by what we’ve known and fought all our lives. What if we become something close to fearless? A dream come true.

Introversion By Fear

What you are about to read is not a generalisation, but you may have a lot of struggles if you are highly introverted, and this includes the fear of failing.
There is nothing wrong with being Introverted, but then, you may have noticed that you overlook a lot of things, some, you genuinely want to do. Because we often believe we can not, we let them go, classified as “not worth it.”
  • I don’t want to be in the spotlight.
  • I can’t even handle public speaking.
A lot of introverts have been able to rule this fear of failure off their dictionary. I know it takes more work than complaints to achieve this level of sanity. Nick Breu in his post “Fear, not introversion, holds us back from what we want in life” gave some excellent reasons why introversion may have nothing to do with fear and everything it’s associated with. But then, it is evident that hard work, self-realisation and training has a lot to do with overcoming this fear. We can not rule out introversion due to fear.

You Know Your Shortcomings, What Next?

While I will love to disclose a lot here, I have not come close to overcoming my fears. It is a journey, and I would like you to come along with me. So, I implore you to join my subscribers’ list below to stay up to date with my struggles against fear and ugly introverted attributes.

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Comments (2)

  • Badmus Adebayo

    March 17, 2019 at 10:44 pm

    Hmm, There are times when there is a problem behind a problem. The former has to be figured out to solve the latter. There is a saying that “a problem well stated is half solved” Being able to identify the former go a long way in getting rid of our problems. Most times it might turn out to be a difficult thing to figure out cos you’d never even know it exists.

    I’m introverted too and I agree with the fact we are afraid of failure. I don’t want people to see me as a failure. This fear of failure has affected me in alotta ways. At a point in time I was challenged to try out something in which I thought to myself “I can’t do this” but I didn’t have much of a choice. In the end it was something I did perfectly well. This made me realized that there’s a lot I could do if I summon the courage to try them. And if I begin to start challenging the “I can’t do it” thought that always linger in my head.

    I’ve always been blaming it all on introversion but this post has made me realized that, it is the fear that exists in us. But the question is “why is this fear of a thing more pronounced among introverts?”

    This is an awesome write-up Miss Blogtrovert. ?

    1. Onome

      March 17, 2019 at 11:41 pm

      Well Badmus, I wish I can give you deserving answers. But I can’t. It’s good that you found a way around your fears. Introversion can be such a pain sometimes.

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