Don’t ruin the quality of your effort by trying too hard. When you act out of desperation, your actions lose much of their effectiveness. When fear of a particular failure is constantly at the front of your awareness, you give energy and vision to that concept of failure, thus helping to bring it about.
Instead of acting out of desperation, act out of love. Give the dream of positive achievement such prominence in your awareness that it crowds out the fear. Focus on that dream, envision that dream, and construct a real, working pathway in your mind that will take you to the reality of that dream from where you are now.
Let go of the need to need, let go of the futility of merely trying, and ride forward on a wave of positive purpose. There is nothing to be desperate about because everything already is as it is right now, and you have the opportunity to make the best of it. With sincere gratitude for that opportunity, and a positive intention to move forward, go ahead and act with love and calm determination.