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Delivering Time Management for IT Professionals: A Trainer's Manual by Dr. Jan Yager

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Fear of failure

When you are afraid that you will disappoint or fail we call it a fear of failure. Those who lack this fear will eagerly look forward to completing a project because they assume they will get rewarded for finishing whether that includes praise, a bonus, or just the self-satisfaction of getting something done. But for those fearing failure, the fear that they will be criticized and told what they accomplished is inferior scares them to the point of delaying, sometimes indefinitely, everything from meeting new people to finishing a report or a major project.

Possible causes

Whether someone else, such as a family member, or an authority figure, criticized what you did, or you are overly self-critical, you can fear finishing things because ...

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