Success is the accomplishment of a task or purpose in which one derives a positive feedback. In everything we do, we strive to be successful. During the pursuit of this success there comes a time when even the best feel a sense of doubt and fear. This fear was first diagnosed in the 1970’s and is also known as achievemephobia. It may sound weird to many but it is a very real social phobia. It was found to affect both males and females. It was found that people suffering from this fear likely had imposter’s syndrome. Imposter syndrome is the psychological pattern in which an individual doubts their success and has an internalized fear of being exposed as a phony.
Further research has been conducted and some major symptoms attributed to the phobia were found to stand out. The following are some of the major indicators that may help you learn whether or not you have the phobia.
1. The Thought of Not Delivering
It is one of the most common symptoms, which tends to make one feel as if they won’t be able to achieve what is expected of them. This fear is closely associated with imposter’s syndrome which tends to make one doubt their own capability despite being qualified enough for the task at hand. This feeling is commonly found among people who just got promoted to a new post and feel they have a lot riding on their shoulders. The fear of letting down those that believe in them affects them subconsciously.
In most success stories, this fear was actually found to be a driving factor. It was found that rather than risk failure one would work even harder to make sure they are successful in the endeavor. If you have this symptom, the best way to overcome it is by looking back at previous accomplishments and building confidence that your track record is not based on lack but actual skill.
2. The Fear of Changing
It is mainly attributed to the subconscious ideas we create about the character and behavior of successful people. It is commonly found that those who suffer from this fear tend to associate successful or high ranking people with ill or unconventional motives. They are always perceived to be heartless and with negative intent. These perceptions cause many people to stay in their current state and oppose attaining a certain level of success. They oppose it as they fear that getting a certain amount of success may cause them to change and become “one of them”. This fear is found to affect even artists who feel a certain amount of success may cause them to change or be regarded as “sell-outs”. This fear allocates negative vices to the successful and noble qualities to the less fortunate.
If you find yourself directly affected by this fear there are ways to cope and overcome it. The first step is identifying successful people who have a positive impact despite their immense success. This may help you form a positive image of what being successful really entails and may help change your perception.
3. The Fear of Losing Personal Time
Personal time is one of the most crucial things in any individual’s life. It is the time one uses to relax, catch up with friends and family among other things away from the hustle of the work environment. In order to be successful one has to invest a lot of time and effort into a particular task in order for it to pay off. Even after achieving the set goal, the tougher bit still remains, which is maintaining the success that has been achieved. In order to keep the success train going even more time and attention toward the task is required. That is where the root of this fear comes from. People fear that if they get successful they may have to give up some of their personal time. People suffering from this fear tend to avoid success in order to keep their schedules simple and within their bounds. Some people fear that it may cause them to neglect some of the things they had previously done like visiting friends and family or volunteering for community events.
This fear can be dealt with easily by learning how to manage your time and the people around you work environment. This can be done by dividing the workload among colleagues well enough to make room for the things that are important to you. This may help you balance your work and personal time.
Overcoming Achievemephobia Using the Law of Attraction
The best way to ensure you are able to overcome the phobia is by first accepting it. Having a positive mindset and being open to seeing things in a different light will always play a big role in boosting confidence and beating the phobia.
In the law of attraction, it is believed that our thoughts are energy which is leaked into the surrounding space and attracts surrounding energy and matter. This law tends to associate positive results with positive mindedness and hence implementing this law may help in overcoming the phobia. In order to properly implement this law like any other, there are a set of conditions that may have to be followed in order to realize the desired outcome. You must first have a clear image of your goal and then visualize your goal externally, for example, in form of a picture or in writing. After that, you should work towards the set goal and remain consistent in the pursuit of achieving the set goal. Putting in genuine interest and having a positive attitude is the next step and is also a crucial condition. This boosts confidence and doesn‘t give any room for doubt as you progress. The last and most important condition is not putting your goal on a time frame. The goal set will be achieved unexpectedly and at it’s own time given the conditions are met.