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Fearing failure is pretty common. It sucks to fail. It’s uncomfortable to fail. No one likes failing. That’s why I thought it was so strange to find out that there was even such a thing as fear of success.

We all want success, so why in the world would we be afraid of it? Isn’t it what we’re striving for?

I never considered myself someone who feared success. Maybe you don’t either. But after researching it, I found that there were deeper fears beneath the surface that I didn’t even recognize.

You Have Fear of Success & Don’t Know It

Fear of failure isn’t the only thing we have to worry about. Fear of success can keep us just as paralyzed! The very possibility of success can be incapacitating. Say you attain success… then what?

  • How will you evolve?
  • What if you make enemies?
  • What if you’re forced to continue a path because you succeeded?
  • What if it means more responsibility?
  • What if it means more vulnerability?
  • What if it changes you—and not for the better?

I’m willing to bet some of these resonate with you. If you’re like me, you didn’t even realize you had a fear of success. Recognizing that you may have some of these limiting beliefs brings you one step closer to overcoming them.

It sounds weird at first. Who’s afraid of success? Everyone wants success, right? But success itself is rarely what brings about the anxiety. It’s often the results of success that can be scary.

My thoughts on successful people.

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Fear of Peaking

If you do succeed, it can feel as if there is this pressure to continue succeeding. You feel as if every success must be followed by an equal or greater success lest you be seen as “in decline.” This is where a mindset shift must occur.

Successful people are not those who do not fail.

They are those who fail more than anyone and simply refuse to accept it as the conclusion.

Story is in the failures. You must learn to see failure as a boon. Failure is what makes you relatable and human. Believe it or not, people are rooting for you. They want to see you succeed. When you make yourself vulnerable, you invite others to be a part of your journey.

You get to decide whether failure is the end of your story or not.

No one cares about the successful. They care about the underdog who overcame adversity. You can only be an underdog if you share your failures publicly. Others can only celebrate your victories with you if they witnessed the challenges you overcame to achieve them.

Don’t make failure the end of your story.