Let's Talk Fear of Success And Fear Of Failure


Everyone has some type of fear inside that they need to address. Often someone with a limiting mindset tends to have a fear of failure and even a fear of success that manifests itself as procrastination or even self-sabotage. Let’s talk about some of the ways these fears can cause issues for you and how to overcome them and make progress.

Here are some common symptoms of how both the fear of failure and the fear of success manifest.

Fearing the Spotlight.

Not wanting to be in the spotlight. You don’t really want to be that successful because you don’t think you will like being in the spotlight. That’s why up until now you’ve chosen to be behind the scenes.

You are fearful of confrontation and you fear if you get too popular, people will come out of the woodwork and criticize or bully you. Taking criticism is hard. But it’s all part of the process of experiencing success.


Imposter Syndrome

Many people walk around feeling as if they’re just faking it. Yes, they passed all the tests. They got the good jobs. They raised six figures with that business. Yet they still feel like a fake so often they will choose not to finish something or not to follow through just due to fear of being exposed as a fraud.


I Don’t Want to Change

Most of the time we feel comfortable in what we do. We have become used to a certain way of being, and trying to change what we do or how we do it can be challenging. It flashes up resistance. But if you have identified that you are not happy with how your business is going, then something will have to change and the most powerful change will be when you, yourself, change. Making the decision to change your perspective is the first step.


"Everything you want is on the other side of fear." – Jack Canfield


I Don’t Know How

There are many unknowns when you start a business. Many coaches recommend visualizing your ultimate successful business, and that’s not a bad thing. The problem arises when your dream is so far away, you feel overwhelmed. You become aware that you don’t know how to run a business or even how to get your first clients.

Thinking that far in advance can cause you to be stuck in research mode instead of building your business due to the fear of making mistakes and not being good enough.

Being afraid to step out and try new things is a sign that you have a fear of failure. If you experience that feeling and let it stop you, you may never get to where you want to go. You may stop yourself from signing a client or miss out on other financial opportunities.


In summary, fear of failure and fear of success both contribute to feeling stuck. You keep doing the same thing over again even though it doesn’t work because of these fears. Address these fears by challenging them, then implementing a new way forward. But be ready, once you free yourself from these fears you’ll truly begin to soar.



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