How to Conquer the Fear of Success
In truth, many people feel that they can’t really succeed in life. They will therefore take the “safe road” rather than a more adventurous path. Fear of failure may be what is holding them back from being able to contribute at the highest possible level. Sadly, this results in mediocrity vs. the excellence and fulfilling achievements that would have been possible.
Fear is also controlling the minority who will take the big risks, although from a different motivational source or mindset. For these people, it is actually the fear of success that is in control. Why would anyone fear a highly successful life? There are several reasons for having, what appears to be irrational on the surface: fear of success.
Dr. Dennis Waitley sees it as follows: “Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy and carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the ‘someday I’ll’ philosophy.” Why would success be viewed as “heavy?” In fact, this type of controlling fear is often controlled by the subconscious mind as it attempts to provide protection, at all costs, in order to survive.
Most people if asked, would gladly accept the “fruits” of success. In fact, most people are seeking these fruits, which explains the success of the gambling industry, state-run lotteries, and many other forms of attaining instant wealth. But even the big lottery winner is often ill-prepared for his “success” and quickly “blows” his winnings.
According to Noah St. John, a majority of people go through life with one foot on the “brakes” at all times. Even success-oriented individuals who are characterized by having a foot on the “accelerator” at all times, often have the brakes on simultaneously. This is the fear of success in action.
There are many actions that can be taken to “allow” yourself to move forward more efficiently. Procrastination can be overcome by simply starting again in the direction needed. Most people really know what needs to be accomplished already. They just need to start. Recognizing that the subconscious mind is a major factor and taking preventative action, e.g., daily affirmations (or afformations as defined by Noah St. John). A mastermind team and accountability mechanism are important concepts to understand and make use of.
The fear of success can be a controlling factor in life. But it doesn’t have to win out in the end for those that truly recognize what is limiting them. Understand this well, take overcoming actions, and be prepared to contribute at the level you were intended for and ultimately capable of.