Fear of failure can be just as debilitating as fear of heights, or any other fear. Not only does it stand alone as a fear, it is coupled with other fears people struggle with. For example, a person with a fear of flying also has a fear of failure… failure of being unable to get on a plane without being terrorized and having others notice.
Fear of failure, however, is the easiest fear to overcome. Unlike other more insidious fears that require conditioning to defuse, fear of failure requires one or two successes to diminish it’s strength. AND those successes can be assisted by outside means.
Let me explain.
Back to our flying/failure combo. Fearful flyers can get through a flight by getting drunk (sometimes works), taking sedatives (also has a minimum success rate), or utilizing some other chemical inhibitor. They seek to change the way the brain responds to the fear.
The same can be done with a fear of failure but without harmful chemicals. Fears of failure, after all, require just one of two successes to diminish their intensity.
Imagine facing any fear with a sense of calm. You’re more likely to get through the stressful event successfully and come out the other side knowing you are strong. How do you get that calm? By diffusing the chemicals in the brain that heighten our sense of fear.
Essential oils counter the fight or flight chemicals in our brains and cause us to think more rationally during times of anxiety or fear. Here are a few suggestions for essential oil application:
- Wild orange, bergamot, lime — all give a calm sense of well being and are uplifting to the mood.
- Lavender – calming
- Frankincense – brain tonic, neurotonic, mind clearing, awareness, uplifts spirit, restores DNA and RNA