How To Overcome Your Fear Of Success

How To Overcome Your Fear Of Success

Everybody wants to be successful in life. It is more or less a need that we become aware of sometime in our lives. For most, once they become aware of it, pursue success relentlessly. Others, on the other hand, do exactly the opposite. They avoid success.

This fact would then beg the question, why so? Why would somebody avoid success? The only reasonable conclusion: fear. In other words, there are a good number of people that fear success. Such fear tends to cripple our ability to be productive, making ourselves the obstacle to achieving our own goals. 

If you are one of those that fall under this category and would like to get over your fear, you've come to the right place. Below, we take a comprehensive look at some top tips on how you can overcome the fear of success.

fear is something that can completely cripple your effectiveness


Our state of mind can impact and filter how we perceive and view the world. If we dwell on negative emotions and thoughts, moving past them will be impossible. Try and shift your thoughts to more positive things and further reinforce them by speaking them. Go an extra mile and write a list of positive things that pop into your head. 

Don't be afraid to cut negative people out of your life as well. Negative people will only reinforce your negative thoughts, feeding your fear even more. Instead, spend more time with people that are more positive and are more likely to encourage and push you forward.

Determine The Cause Of Your Fear

Our fears in life are often caused by a past experience or event. Our past experiences, our nurturing and the things that were hammered into our heads tremendously impact our lives as adults. In other words, there is always a root cause of our fears.

Take a paper and write down a few things that you think may be the cause of your fear. After you've completed your list, try and work on overcoming them on a daily basis. Never be afraid to ask for help from a friend or a family member. If you need closure or just a nudge in the right direction, seeking help is always a good option.

Define Success In Your Own Terms

Everybody defines success differently. However, our success is often determined and dictated by our dreams and ambitions. Hence, by making a list of your dreams and ambitions, you can slowly define success in your own terms.

Once you've been able to figure out what success means to you, you'll be able to pinpoint your goals more accurately. Doing this helps you determine the best course of action to achieve your goals more effectively.

Visualize Your Success

After defining what success is to you, the next logical step is to visualize it. Close your eyes and imagine your dreams materialize before your eyes. For a moment, allow yourself to see what success would look and feel like.

As previously stated, success can be defined in different ways. However, success often leads to one common result which is happiness. Achieving your goals always creates a feeling of satisfaction and immense happiness. It's a feeling that can't be bought with money or even feigned. Additionally, visualizing your success allows you to subconsciously shift your perception. 

Determine You Cause Of Action

Now that you've defined success in your own terms and visualized it, you need to determine how you can get there. Every other person that is considered successful in life had to work to get there. It is not exactly an easy journey, but planning makes it easier.

Create a sketch of what you think is the best way to go about achieving your long-term goal. Break down your long-term goal into small yet achievable goals. Ensure that you keep them realistic and measurable as well. Having the goal in mind will help you stay motivated as well. 

Do not fail to complete each goal set before you. Work to not only achieve them but exceed them. 

Consider Therapy Or Join A Support Group System

Sometimes it's just easier and better to have someone to guide us through our challenges. As human beings, we need support and encouragement to overcome our obstacles. Also, it helps to know that other people may be going through the same thing as you. It helps you realize that you're not alone and that you can overcome it as well.

Therapy is a great way of dealing with some of the issues that may be causing your fear. Realizes the root cause of our fear of success is not as easy as it sounds. A professional, on the other hand, are trained to help you discover things that may be hidden in our subconscious mind. Once you've realized them, working past them is another positive step forward that can change your life.

In conclusion, fear is something that can completely cripple your effectiveness. It holds you back from being the best you can be. Define success in your own terms, visualize it and then make a plan on how to achieve it. Success is tied to happiness. Pursue your dreams, and I promise, you won't be disappointed.