Do you believe that you deserve success and happiness? I always thought I did, but when it came right down to it, I had an internal, nagging voice that said I didn’t. Was it insecurity or disbelief? After a good hard look at myself, I came to the conclusion that it was neither; it was fear.
I was letting fear get in my way of success. Every time I began to experience real success, I would get scared and pull back, stop moving forward or make a big mistake. I was up against a formidable enemy and it was winning.
I wanted success. No, I craved success. So what was I afraid of? It wasn’t until I answered that question that I was able to move past the fear and the obstacles standing in my way. My fear was of failing once I got started. The thought of failing partway through seemed too great to overcome—until I faced it. Then I was able to work through that fear in order to move closer to my dream.
So, what are you afraid of? Here are some of the most common fears to look at when determining what’s standing in your way:
- The fear of success: Crazy as it may sound, some people actually fear the responsibility that comes with success. This can be a hard one to overcome, but once you realize that’s what you are afraid of, you can get past it.
- The fear of being criticized: No one can criticize your efforts if you don’t do anything—right? Wrong! If there are people in your life who aim to criticize, they will find something to criticize.
- The fear of failure: Like me, maybe you are afraid of being disappointed, either in yourself or your results. The point here is you won’t get what you want anyway if you never try.
Fear has a way of eroding our confidence and keeping us stuck right where we are. Until you can acknowledge what you’re afraid of, success will be limited. Don’t hold yourself back—face your fears and get on with it!