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Overcoming your fears doesn’t have to be a long process – it doesn’t have to take months or years to get past the fear. 

The fear of success might be holding you back- it’s easy to think that others around you are being successful with little to no effort, but that’s not the truth. Success takes consistent effort – this doesn’t mean you have to cut everything else out of your life except the pursuit of success, but you do have to pay attention to the obstacles.

Most people don’t realize that one of the biggest obstacles to success is the negative belief that you cannot be successful, live a happy life, or think you don’t deserve it.

If this sounds like something you’re dealing with now or have dealt with in the past, here are six ideas to empower you to overcome your fear of success and finally believe in yourself.

Overcoming the Fear of Success – Idea 1: Switch up your mindset

Negative thoughts are the number one killer of success. A negative mindset encourages self-doubt, fear, and a lack of self-confidence and creates a never-ending series of tripwires for your self-image. Luckily the human brain is eminently reprogrammable, and you can change your negative self-talk right now.

Build a positive mindset by focusing on being grateful for what’s good in your life, practicing mindfulness, and turning that self-talk around. A terrific way to implement this idea is to begin a gratitude practice – check out the one-year Gratitude Journal here, and check out this post on reaping the benefits of a gratitude journal.

Overcoming the Fear of Success – Idea 2: Redefine your version of success

Success means different things to different people – how you define it will be unique to you and doesn’t have to look like anyone else’s definition.

Not everyone wants to be the CEO of a blue-chip company. You might want to develop a sustainable, eco-friendly company, write a bestseller, or run a yoga studio.

Take time to think through your beliefs, values, and what a successful life looks like for you. Your journal can be a source of inspiration for tracking your goals and your progress – check out this post for more information.

Overcoming the Fear of Success – Idea 3: Be intentional

Once you know what you want to achieve, make a plan.

Set your big goal and all the smaller goals and milestones you need to hit to get there. Work out what skills and resources you’ll need along the way, and plan for success.

Supercharge your personal growth and your focus on your intentions with the ideas in this blog post.

Overcoming the Fear of Success – Idea 4: Reframe failure

Fear of failure can be at the root of your fear of success.

The prospect of success is a risk. What if it all falls apart? You can reframe failure by acknowledging that everyone makes mistakes. Everyone has failures, big and small, in their lives. The key is how you react to failure.

Don’t let the fear of failure define you. Choose to see failure as a stepping stone to success and an opportunity to learn. Transform your fear into fuel with the advice in this blog post.

Overcoming the Fear of Success – Idea 5: Accept discomfort

It’s easy to stay in a comfortable life, hanging onto your security.

But security is an illusion. Life can change course at any time.

If you accept that discomfort is a necessary part of life, you’ll be better equipped to deal with whatever comes your way. You’ll be better prepared to take risks and follow opportunities that lead to success.

Tap into the power of change to help you grow using this blog post.

Overcoming the Fear of Success – Idea 6: Celebrate your milestones

Success never happens overnight.

Chances are, your fear-blinders are stopping you from seeing what you’ve already achieved. Look back and see how far you’ve come.

Celebrating all your milestones, big and small, will build your energy and motivate you to even greater success.

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About the Author Dianne Daniels

Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, and currently residing in Norwich, Connecticut, Dianne M. Daniels' mission is to empower women 50+ to Amplify their Self-Confidence, Deepen their Self-Knowledge, Inspire Creativity, and Glide into the next phase of their lives with the Power of Journaling, Affirmations, and Assessments.

You can learn how to use these time-tested, proven practices to create and manifest the life you want (and deserve) to live.

Dianne is an ordained Unitarian Universalist Minister with a Master of Divinity degree from Starr King School for the Ministry. She's an avid reader, a lover of old houses (she renovated an 1850s vintage Greek Revival home with her family) and has been journaling since the age of 9.

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