“Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” -Jack Canfield
Spiders, clowns, flying, and enclosed spaces are all fears people will readily admit to. One thing you will never hear someone say is they are afraid to succeed. In consulting, I constantly see actions that scream, “I’m comfortable where I’m at, and I don’t need to take the next step.” Missed deadlines, multiple unfinished projects, infinite second-guessing, and always missing the brass ring by inches are all red flags you may be afraid to succeed. These behaviors self-sabotage any chance of forward momentum. If you fall into this category, I know your secret. I know you wouldn’t be reading this text unless you’ve recognized the Jekyll and Hyde duking it out in your mind. You want to be the successful Dr. Jekyll, but you don’t precisely know why the doubting Mr. Hyde is holding you back.
Here’s a dose of truth—you’re worth succeeding. Period. There is no “but” to that statement. If you read, “you’re worth succeeding,” and automatically tacked on a qualifier, there’s where Mr. Hyde gets his power. Often these doubts stem from not wanting to be in the spotlight. Promotions, career changes, opening a business, or whatever next step to greatness you desire will put you under a microscope where everyone will see your weaknesses. You’ll be outed as a fraud or imposter who has no idea what to do or how to lead. If that’s you, you’ve got to change that pattern of recurring thought right here, right now.
To put those fears behind you, you will have to ask and answer a few difficult questions. Why are you standing in your own way? What does the success you want look like, and what happens when you obtain your goal? Then it’s decision time. Will you take the incremental steps to be the success you’ve always wanted to be? Success is a choice followed by consistent action over time. Make that choice and go for it.
Fear of Success: Accelerators
- What are the top three things you are afraid of?
- How do these fears repeatedly impact your ability to be successful?
- What positive, consistent actions can you begin taking right now that will prove those fears wrong?
Dr. Jeff D. Standridge is the best-selling author of “The Innovator’s Field Guide” and “The Top Performer’s Field Guide.” He serves as Managing Director for the Conductor and Innovation Junkie, and teaches in the College of Business at the University of Central Arkansas. Jeff helps organizations and their leaders generate sustained results in the areas of innovation, strategy, profit growth, organizational effectiveness and leadership. Learn more at InnovationJunkie.com.