Are You Afraid of Your Own Success?
Fear of success for some is worse than fear of failure. The mind works to prevent what it fears. The manifestation of this can show up as anxiety, procrastination, avoidance, or settling for mediocrity. This in itself is crippling. There is so much out there about the fear of failure but what most don’t realize is that many are plagued with the fear of success.
Fear of Failure vs. Fear of Success
In most cases, when people fear doing something, it is because they don’t know what the outcome will be. When faced with failure, people often turn to excuses. Dozens of reasons why whatever they tried couldn’t work would come to mind. Amongst many other excuses, not having enough money to succeed to simply blaming it on not having enough time are some reasons that come up. Whatever the reason, blame is easily spread all around.
But when it comes to success, excuses cannot be made. It is difficult to find blame within success. When people have succeeded in what they are doing, it can create a sort of paralysis that would cause them to be afraid of what may happen next. As a result, people revert back to something that is comfortable which can either set them back or diminish their accomplishments.
What Are Some Options?
1. Have a plan
Part of the problem with fear of success is not having a plan for when it happens. For example, if you have a business, make plans for what you are going to do when you succeed at various stages. If you decided previously that you would hire five people in the event that you increased sales by 30%, create another goal to hire a certain number of people once you reach the next milestone. If you are advancing your career, set up a plan around your annual reviews. List your accomplishments as you progress throughout the year and find a coach or mentor that can guide you along the way.
When you have a plan in place, the likeliness of being stuck would be diminished because you will have a plan to refer to.
2. Reach out for support or delegate
Another issue is that you could be trying to do everything yourself. The more successful you become, the more responsibilities you will take on. Some responsibilities may be unfamiliar and that can bring back those fears. If you already people working for you or a group that supports you, see if they would be a good fit for some of these new responsibilities. If not, hire others or outsource the work. Do what is most familiar tasks yourself but also be willing to let go of the tasks when the time is right.
Fear of success can have a crippling effect on anyone who experiences it. When and if it strikes, take a moment to evaluate the situation and create a plan that will work for you.
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