Fear of success can be just as debilitating as fear of failure. It stems from a worry about our ability to live up to expectation either personal or the expectations of others. To that end. It causes women to postpone taking action.
For example, suppose you are offered the opportunity to teach a group of entrepreneurs in a large workshop. All you have to do is accept the offer. You may initially be excited by the prospect of being in front of an audience of ideal clients. You’ll enjoy more visibility. But soon after doubts surface, causing you to question your ability. Can you really deliver?
Fear is a lack of knowledge. When people fear doing something, it’a because they don’t know what the outcome of those actions will be. When people fail, they can often turn to excuses. They’ll think of dozens of reasons why whatever they tried couldn’t work. The conditions were not right or they didn’t have enough money. Perhaps a main supplier went out of business and that took down their own business. Whatever the case, blame is easily distributed all around.
Part of the problem with fear of success is not having a plan for when it happens. If you have a business and you make plans for what you are going to do when you succeed at various stages, you will not fear what comes next because you refer to your plan. Perhaps in the plan, you decided previously that you would hire five people in the event that you increased sales by 50%. So when you reach the milestone, guess what comes next? You hire five people. There is no paralysis and no fear (maybe a little). But you are better prepared when you have a plan as your guide.
Fear of success is not just a buzzword used by marketers and psychologists. It’s a real fear and it can have a crippling effect on anyone who experiences it.
How To Overcome Fear Of Success
The challenge with conquering this fear is that it’s easy to miss. We often mistake fear of success as simple procrastination instead of investigating the cause.
First, look for sings that you’re delaying taking action because you’re fearful of success. Are you worried that other might see you as a fraud? Are you nervous that you may not deliver as expected?
Second, ask yourself what might happen in the event you succeed. You’ll nearly always find that your greatest fears are unfounded. When we confront it head on, it contract.
Third, ask yourself whether the outcome of success is consistent with your goals. Will your success help you achieve what you consider important in your life., more money, more visibility.
Confronting the fear that’s causing you to procrastinate is the most effective way to disarm it.