Fear of Success

As kids we’re not taught how to deal with success; we’re taught how to deal with failure. If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. If at first you succeed, then what? – C. Sheen

Do you ever feel like you aren’t living up to your true potential in your business? Perhaps you’re doing well at what you – but feel you could do better. Do you ever worry a little when you begin to see progress and then panic under thoughts of “How am I going to manage to do all the work I’m asking for?”; “How will I ever find the time to do it ALL well?”; “How CAN I do it all!??”

Do you actually fear success? Surprise! Yes, fear of success, not failure! It can be a fear that is crippling you from achieving your objectives. This realization means it’s time to push pause on what you’re doing and spend some time to RE-FOCUS, RE-THINK, and REVIEW.


Imagine what you want your business to look like in two years’ time. Picture yourself calm & controlled at your desk, running a successful business:

  • What are you doing and how are you doing it?
  • How are you managing your finances: money in and money out?
  • How are you engaging your fans/followers/potential clients?
  • What does a “typical day” look like for you?

Do you already have these systems you’ve visualized in place? If yes – and if they work for you – get back to using them; if no – develop some systems to help you be more effective. Systems are easier to learn and enhance when they start out early and simple rather than trying to implement complexity when you’re in a state of overwhelm.


Take some time to think about yourself: what are your desires, capacities, likes and dislikes when it comes to managing your work AND your home? By honestly acknowledging all aspects of you, you will easily identify what tasks light you up and what you can delegate as you grow.

For example: if you like bookkeeping but hate housecleaning – before you start to get too busy – figure out what it would take to make hiring a house-cleaner fiscally responsible and acceptable for you and your family . . . or if house-cleaning is more attractive to you, start looking for someone you can trust as a bookkeeper. You could also set up a method to handle both in a timely and systematic manner.

If you feel growing your business is important to you, but feel it’s unreachable, there are many ways to bring help into your business as you grow, full-time employment and/or wriggling your nose to create more hours in the day, are not the only options.

Please note: If you are unwilling to delegate any work, you will only be able to grow to where your own personal limits are reached, or you end up risking it all with burnout or outright failure. If you wish to grow into something bigger, plan to keep the bits you like doing most for as long as possible. If you want a bigger business, you will eventually have to deal with the fact that you may have to let some of the fun stuff go so you can raise yourself up to the executive level within your own organization. If the thought of this is a complete turn off – then you know how big you want to grow and you can build your business accordingly.


Often we can get caught up in the everyday busy-ness of our work and forget to think about how we can make things better; and that better can be – well, better. Holding regular meetings with yourself or someone you trust allows you to identify ways to make subtle adjustments as you go rather than getting swamped and feeling like you have a big problem to fix. These reviews will also identify the systems that do work for you; celebrate them and remember to continue on with them!

Success doesn’t have to be daunting . . . just because we learn to “try, try again” when we fail – keep in mind, we can also keep “try-trying” as we reach new levels of success and begin to redefine our future, for the better. So, now that you know you can always “Re-focus, Re-think and Review” your direction – have fun with it! Challenge yourself to break through the fear of success; don’t let it trap you. You can do it; as Dr. Seuss states:

“Will you succeed? Yes, you will indeed. (98¾% guaranteed.)”.

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