What To Do When You’re Plagued With The Fear Of Success

Fear of success is a legitimate thing. And it’s one that probably prevents us from moving forward more than anything else.

by | Nov 21, 2018 | 0 comments

Fear of Success

For months now, she had been spinning her wheels. Despite numerous conversations with various experts, she continued to flounder when she thought about working on her business.

She couldn’t explain it. It just happened. She had ideas and intentions but no matter what, she kept turning her attention to something else which was not going to move her forward.

She was frustrated, angry with herself, bewildered as to why she was still sitting in the same spot months later.

Maybe she just wasn’t cut out for being a business owner. Maybe she just didn’t have the personality. Maybe there wasn’t a market for what she had to offer. Maybe maybe maybe.

This was the ongoing dialogue in her head. Until it came out one day in our conversations that she was actually terrified of being successful. The idea of actually achieving what she set out to do elicited a fight or flight response in her body and, to protect herself, she’d find a way to make her progress stall.

Well, no wonder.

Fear of success is a legitimate thing. And it’s one that probably prevents us from moving forward more than anything else.

But don’t we all want success? Well, yes. But it’s more complicated than that. The body reacts physically to stress and excitement the same way.

When we fear success, we are fearing one of a few different circumstances:⠀

Fear of selling out⠀
Fear of becoming someone else⠀
Fear of being judged⠀
Fear or losing what you have⠀
Fear of not being able to sustain the success⠀⠀

These are all derived from the unknown, and from our conditioning. Since we all tread different paths, there could be so many reasons for arriving here.

And what’s the best way to try and address these fears? Well, for one: build yourself a plan. I mean, a legitimate, multilayer plan. Get as many ducks in a row as you can.⠀

Tell me in the comments…

What circumstance of success do you fear?

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Stephanie Hayes Business Strategist and Coach for Small Business and Entrepreneurs. What to do when you're feeling stuck in your business? How to scale your business to get sustainable growth? Stephanie is a business success coach for experienced entrepreneurs, creating detailed business models and plans (Vancouver).

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