You didn’t see that coming, did you? 😉
Fear of success may sound to you like the dumbest thing you’ve heard of.
Nobody fears having a big house in the Bahamas, a private jet, or the possibility to spend money on whatever, whenever! Nobody is afraid of having a lovely family, a great relationship and a perfect dog to sit on your lap when you’re having a bad day.
Yet somehow, the fear of success is known to psychologists very well.
The fear of success shouldn’t be taken literally. Maybe you aren’t even aware that you have it because it’s usually rooted in our childhood and early adulthood experiences. The longer it stays unconscious, the bigger impact it has on your life.
Maybe you don’t like being in the center of attention. Maybe when you were a child, your parents mocked your good grades or other small successes, and you just don’t want to feel the same. Maybe you’re afraid that you can’t handle big clients and big money because it means much more responsibility. Maybe you avoid getting into a profound relationship because you don’t want the other person to know your insecurities and embarrassing traits.
And maybe you fear that when you go all the way to the top, and it will end someday, the disappointment will be much harder to bear.
How to know that you sabotage your success? Just think of your latest decisions.
Have you ever rejected taking on a big, ambitious project or a great opportunity at work? Do you shy away from compliments? Do you surround yourself with people that drag you down instead of lifting you up?