Would you say you have a fear of success?
Most people do not understand that they fear their own success. Because they are comfortable with their situations, and rarely want to change their lives. We might not even like it, but it is comfortable.
We know what to expect daily and we might even be unhappy with ourselves, but we know we can deal with it.
Most people don’t like change. They also don’t like the prospect of failing or of even standing out.
How to identify fear of success:
- Do you consistently ruminate or even make plans for your life and fail to follow through on them? Whether you want to start a business, read a book, or hit the gym five days a week, you just can’t seem to make it happen.
- Do you finish all your projects or leave them uncompleted? This includes at work and in your personal life.
- Do you take action or are you all talk?
- Do you struggle to make decisions?
- Does your life ever change for the better?
- Do you self-sabotage yourself, especially when you’re nearing success?
This most-likely describes most of the people you know.
Does it describe you accurately?
Start utilizing these simple strategies to defeat your fear of success and make real changes in your life:
1. Imagine being ultra-successful. Imagine yourself being even more successful than you want to be. If your goal is to make $100,000 per year, imagine making $1 million. If you want to lose 25 pounds, imagine getting lean enough that you can see your abs. Do this each night and morning in bed.
- Make the visualization as vivid as possible. Include all of your senses. When it feels uncomfortable, stick with it and just relax.
- It will feel natural, in time. When this happens, achieving your goal will be much easier than you could ever imagine.
2. Practice standing out. Many of us fear success because we don’t want to stand out in any way. Fear crept in along the way, and you were self-taught o even decided that it’s better to keep our head down than to be noticed.
- Every day there are a variety of ways you can practice standing out in your life. You can change your style. You might even put on a pair of green shoes and walk around the mall. Or you could wear your classy outfits to the store.
- You could go out in public with your hair disheveled.
- You can do something in public that you’re either really good or really bad at, like bowling.
3. Reframe failure. Fear of success might actually be a fear of failure. Keep in mind that failure is just an undesired result. It says nothing about you. It simply means that you need more practice, more time, or a better approach. When you can view failure in this manner, there’s nothing to fear.
4. Instead of thought focus on action. We can’t fear success if we don’t think. If you need to send 100 cold emails to find clients for your business, just sit down and get busy. The longer you think about it, the harder it becomes. Just decide and take action.
5. Have a real vision for the future. Enough motivation can overcome any fear. Create a possible future in your mind that is worth overcoming any obstacle. Fear doesn’t matter if you have a very compelling future in mind.
Do you fear success? It seems counterintuitive to fear success, but it’s a common obstacle to making sustained progress in life. Success brings attention, the unknown, and the possibility of failure.
Create a vision for the future that will pull you through any fears you might have. Learn to deal with discomfort. Remember, you only have one life to live. Avoid allowing fear to limit your life.