LISTEN: Overcoming Fear of Failure, Part 3 (Get Things Done! #19 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

In this podcast, we are going through the book “Doing It Now” by Edwin C. Bliss. I had just finished speaking at a meeting in Philadelphia many years ago, and as I was walking through the airport, I picked up this little book and read it in its entirety. It is one of the best books that I have ever read on the subject of productivity, getting things done, and avoiding procrastination, and along with prayer and the power of God, it is one of the reasons why I have accomplished so much in my life. Today, I will continue sharing with you some of the principles that Edwin C. Bliss talks about in his book.

Ephesians 6:7-8 says: “With good will doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men: Knowing that whatsoever good thing any man doeth, the same shall he receive of the Lord…”

Our quote for today is from Dale Carnegie. He said: “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”

In our last episode, we talked about how successes tend to occur in fixed proportions to attempts. The more often you try — and the more failures you chalk up — the more successes you have. Thus, if we want more success, we must simply make more attempts at doing things. We must ‘make a pile of chips.’ Today, we are going to consider how we can overcome the ‘vague dread’ of failure.

Sometimes, dealing with fear of failure isn’t as simple as just forcing yourself to “make chips.” Sometimes a vague dread of what might happen causes you to keep putting off the desired action. How do you deal with that?

That term vague dread holds the clue. As long as your fears are vague and undefined they are impossible to deal with, so the first step is to make them specific, concrete, identifiable. Pin down exactly what it is you’re afraid of.

This is another application of Pigeonholding. The point is that it’s difficult to deal with something that’s hazy and general, whether you’re talking about fear, procrastination, or any other problem. If you go for a medical checkup and announce that you don’t feel well, you aren’t given a prescription. Instead, the doctor begins to probe for more specifics. Until a precise label can be attached to your ailment it’s pointless even to think about remedies.

Although, in this case, we’ve already identified the ailment and labeled it: the label is fear. Fear of failure. But you must push beyond that; it’s still too general. Exactly why do you fear failure in this particular case? As you dig deeper you may realize, for example, that what you really dread is the embarrassment that would result from that failure. You would have to admit to your associates that you bombed, and that’s what’s really bothering you.

Now you have put your problem into a pigeonhole labeled Embarrassment Before Associates. You still haven’t solved your problem, but you have at least isolated it. Now, instead of trying to deal with a generality — fear of failure — you are dealing with a specific — your embarrassment when your associates would become aware of that failure. Now you can ask yourself some pertinent questions…


Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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