3 Common Fears That Keep You From Being Successful
Fear is the mind-killer. People are motivated by fear in so many ways. It can make us do things and keep us from doing things, depending on the outcome. We want to be successful but that fear is there in the back of your mind...whispering “what if.” What if it doesn’t work? What if you can’t find clients? What if you don’t make money? Fear limits our ability to achieve our goals. Find out what the 3 most common fears are that hold us back. 

Whenever someone makes goals but never moves forward towards achieving those goals there is often a reason for it. It usually stems from one of these fears. Starting and running your own business can be a little intimidating but it will never happen if you don’t step out of your comfort zone and take a risk.

Fear is not a bad thing, in and of itself. It is our alarm sensor and warns us of impending danger. However, we can become too comfortable within the boundaries of what is safe and familiar. That fear tells us that as long as we stay within the boundaries nothing bad can happen. So we stay stuck afraid to move forward because we can’t predict the outcome.

In this case, is fear helping or hurting you?

 #1: Fear of Failure

This is the number one most common fear that everyone has. It is the fear of failure. It keeps us from taking that leap of faith into the unknown. Sometimes we are more comfortable staying with what we know. Some people want to start their own businesses but are too afraid to give up the security of a regular paycheck to live their dreams and be their own boss. They figure they can’t fail if they never try. But this is not a good way to look at it and will keep you from reaching your goals.
#2: Fear of Judgement

When you have a fear of judgment, you worry more about what others will think or say about you. You don’t want to tell anyone about your plans because you think they will tell you it’s a bad idea or ridicule you for your choice. The thing is, you can’t please everyone all the time. You will drive yourself crazy trying to do things because other people want you to. The only person you need to worry about is you. 

What do you think? Your opinion is the only one that matters and who cares what anyone else thinks about it. Of course, if you’re married you do need to make decisions together, but don’t let friends or acquaintances dictate your choices. We spend too much time being concerned with the opinion of others. 

 #3: Fear of Success

You might think this is a silly one. Why would someone be afraid of success? Well, people fear change, even when it is beneficial to them. They are afraid that if they become successful they will have to sacrifice family and friends to make money. They may worry about gaining popularity too fast - getting in over their head. They may also worry that the more money they make the more they have to spend to maintain their success. 

Nobody wants to trade things that are important to them for money and some may see this as “selling out.” You don’t have to work more hours or give up spending time with friends and doing things with your family. Being your own boss means you set the rules and create the boundaries. 

Don’t let irrational fears control your life and your business choices. Create a business plan so you know exactly what you are going to do and list ways to accomplish each goal. If you have a blueprint of sorts to follow then fear has no hold on you. 

Surround yourself with people that are supportive of you and your choices to help you stay positive and focused on the end goal.