The sweaty palms, the thunderous heartbeat, the throbbing headache, the churning stomach, the temptation to panic and run away…. Yes, we all recognise the symptoms of fear.

Students facing repeated assessments are seldom strangers to the fear of failure. However, fear doesn’t have to be a crippling emotion that you experience at the first sign of an exam or assessment.

You can overcome your fear by transforming your fixed mindset into a growth mindset.

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A Fixed mindset convinces you that someone’s either born smart, or they’re not, and nothing can ever change that. In other words, you believe that you’re either extremely intelligent, or you’re not the brightest bulb on the Christmas tree and nothing can change that.

Conversely, a Growth mindset encourages the belief that intelligence is fluid, not stagnant. Therefore, even if you don’t know something, you can acquire the knowledge. In other words, if you don’t have the skill to do something, you can work at developing the skill and learn how to do it.

A growth mindset is extremely useful for conquering your fear of failure throughout your studies and for the rest of your life.

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Having a growth mindset can help you conquer your fear of failure by enabling you to:

As the iconic Steve Maraboli says,

“We all make mistakes, have struggles, and even regret things in our past. But you are not your mistakes, you ate not your struggles, and you are here NOW with the power to shape your day and your future.” – Steve Maraboli

The table below displays some of the most common thoughts of learners who have a fixed mindset and learners who have a growth mindset.

Read through the thoughts and then think about which beliefs resonate with you most.

If you decide you have a growth mindset, then that’s great!

Keep cultivating your magnificent mindset.

However, if you find you have more thoughts/beliefs related to a fixed mindset, then make an effort to tackle those limiting beliefs one at a time until you transform them into beliefs akin to a growth mindset.

Fixed Mindset

These are the limiting thoughts a fixed mindset believes.

Growth Mindset

These are the uplifting and expanding thoughts a growth mindset believe.



I don’t need good grades to be successful The skills needed to get good grades like diligence, organisation, focus, and dedication are all important to my future success. If I develop these skills now, they’ll be good habits to have to help me achieve in all areas of my life.
I’m not intelligent Being smart isn’t a natural trait. I can become smarter if I work harder and be persistent.
I can’t work hard, it’s not my nature Hard work is a skill/habit that can be learned. It has nothing to do with my nature. Having a good work ethic is the stuff success is made of.
It’s pointless even trying because I’m going to fail anyway. If I fail, I’ll learn from my mistakes and do better next time.
This is so hard, only smart people can do it and I’m not smart. Being smart comes happens when hard work is applied. Remember, “The harder the battle, the sweeter the victory.”
My current capabilities define me and determine my future. With more effort and a positive attitude, your capabilities can improve. I won’t give up because success may be closer than I think!
I don’t understand any of this. I should give up now to avoid disappointment. I don’t understand this “YET”! With persistence, I’ll get it and can be proud of my progress.
I’m either good at it or not. There’s no middle ground. There’s always a middle ground. The world isn’t only black or white. I can keep trying until I improve. I just need to take it one step at a time.
I always make stupid mistakes Making mistakes doesn’t make me stupid. However, not learning from my mistakes may make me less than smart. I’ll use my mistakes to expand my knowledge.
I can’t do this; I don’t have what it takes I can always improve. I just need to have self-belief, adjust my attitude, work hard, and think positive.
Everyone else is smarter than I am. I admire successful people and can use them as inspiration.
This is good enough to barely get by/pass. Do I want to be mediocre, or amazing? If better is possible, then “good enough” is not enough.
I’ve failed before, so I know I’ll never pass. Failure’s part of life. Use the mistakes that caused your failure to grow and develop.
I’ll try to look smart and maybe no one will notice how lost I am. By trying to fool others, I’m only fooling myself. If I ask for help, I’ll improve as an individual.
I don’t like challenges they are too hard and take too much time. Challenges help me progress. If I’m never challenged, I’ll remain stagnant.
This is all too overwhelming. I can’t take it anymore! If I break things down into bitesize bits, they won’t seem so overwhelming.
I’m horrible at Spanish, Law, Science, Business, Art, etc… I’ll make more of an effort to tackle the topics I struggle with.
Studying this subject’s useless, I’ll never need this knowledge in the real world. The work ethic I cultivate now will benefit me for the rest of my life. So, I’ll try my best in all I do.

Final Thoughts

Now that you can confidently conquer your fear of failure, you’ll be able to slay your studies.

Your way to being a super successful student.

Good luck in achieving your goals and living your dreams!

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