Is fear holding you back?
Most of us know about fear of failure but not so many realize that fear of success is an obstacle that can stand in the way of your dreams. Hear is how to recognize this fear and defeat it once and for all. Fear of success is about the belief that if you pursue your dreams, your efforts will cost you and your life will change for the worse. You may avoid success because you worry about all of the challenges you need to overcome to make your dreams a reality. You might feel that your goals are out of reach. You might avoid success because you worry that achieving success will turn you into a different person and cause you to have negative consequences: such as relationship breakdown, or you may have beliefs about money.
All of these fears you use to avoid success are just stories you’re telling yourself. If you allow yourself to believe in them, you will never take action or feel the satisfaction that comes from discovering what you are capable of accomplishing.
How Fear of Success can show up
Fear of success can show up in many areas of your life- here are some common ways:
Self-sabotage is when you create challenges for yourself that make it harder for you to achieve future success. You may forget deadlines, make poor financial choices, or start projects but never finish them. The acts of self-sabotage could prevent you from moving forward.
Fear of success can cause you to procrastinate and delay the completion of your task just long enough for opportunities to pass you by or you may start activities but never finish them. You may think you’re sparing yourself from the challenges of taking action, when in fact you are really keeping yourself stuck where you are.
It’s not your fear of success that’s holding you back from reaching your goals. The most successful people still experience fear. But they don’t let that fear stop them from taking the actions needed to achieve success.
Take Action in the Face of Fear
Identify your Obstacles: Take some time to reflect on where your fear of success has come from. What experiences caused you to develop this fear and what blocks are you putting in your path?
Identify Your Fear
Find something that you would like to try but have hesitated to do because of your fear of success.