Fear of Success
When I wrote about the Fear of Failure for the first part of our Fear Series, I was able to write it from a place of victory. It was something I dealt with primarily when I was in my late teens and early twenties. However, this topic--the fear of success--is one that I'm right in the midst of. It is the current battle within my mind and my heart. But why? Why do I, and many other women, struggle with the fear of success?
"Fear comes in two packages: fear of failure, and sometimes, fear of success." - Tom Kite (pro golfer)
When we get past our fear of failure and start to see the potential in ourselves and the benefit of trying new things, we often find ourselves staring down a new fear: the fear of success. Just as equally as our fear of failure can keep us paralyzed, so too can the fear of success.
Procrastination is the fear of success...
In my life, this fear shows up as spending more of my time dreaming than putting things into action. Sometimes this shows up as completely ignoring what I should be doing (or what God is asking me to do.)
I can easily justify a million other things I could spend my time on. I need to clean my house right now, right?
Or I can easily push it off as one of those "someday" dreams I'll get to eventually.
"Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the 'someday I'll' philosophy.” - Denis Waitley (motivational speaker & author)
You were born for something more...
If you feel a tugging in your heart to do something impactful, yet you never seem to find the time to do it or something else always seems to get in the way... you may be struggling with insecurity and feelings of inadequacy. You can envision what success looks like in your life, but doubt that it could really be you or your life.
Who am I to do this?
Who am I to succeed?
I'm not smart enough.
I don't have enough experience.
Why would people listen to me?
Why would God choose me for this?
"Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, and fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people will not feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone and as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give others permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others." - Marianne Williamson (author & spiritual activist)
Who are YOU to make an impact in your family, in your community, and in the world?
You are a woman of God. That title alone qualifies you to live a life with fearless faith, courageous confidence, and passionate pursuits.
Stop hiding. Be a shining light to this world. We need you.