After reading Amy’s comment on the post about banishing fear from your life, I realized that it’s been a while since I’ve directly addressed the topic of “fear of success”. I believe it’s a much bigger roadblock to your success than fear of failure. It’s not like we haven’t all failed many times before and we know what that feels like and we have a mechanism in place for what we do when it happens. It may be unpleasant but at the same time it’s comfortable to a degree.
Some of our coping mechanisms are healthier than others, but that’s another topic.
Amy’s point, and mine, is that you have to be diligent at recognizing when it’s really fear of success that’s stopping you in you tracks.
Dr. Maxwell Maltz, Author of “Psycho-Cybernetics”, is quoted as saying, “Often the difference between a successful person and a failure is not the one that has better abilities or ideas, but the courage that one has to bet on one’s ideas, to take a calculated risk – and to act.”
So if that’s what fear of failure looks like, what does fear of success look like?
Are you playing it safe or going for it 100%? Are you really afraid that what you have to offer is so big that if you played full out you would scare people and they wouldn’t know how to respond to that powerful person you’ve become? Or is it that the picture of you being who you truly are is so foreign to you that you’re the one who doesn’t know what to do with that?
Creating a vision board of what you want your successful life to look like is a non-threatening “dreamy” way of getting started if you’re really blocked. But I believe that having a clear vision of what you want your life to look like and creating a blueprint of what that life will be and how you’re going to get there takes all the fear away because now you’re just taking one step at a time.
That’s what I do for my clients. I take them down that path of discovering what they want, creating the blueprint for how they will get there and holding their hand through the process. Bottom line, let someone else hold that vision for you until you can hold it for yourself.
Just remember, it can be done, if you don’t think you can do it alone, get a mentor like me to help you. You can reach me at Lynn at LynnPierce.com
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