Do You Have A Fear Of Success ?


Many people that fail to achieve their goals could be able to attribute it to a fear of failure.

No one wants to fail, but there it is, many people suffer from a fear of failure. Did you know that there is also a state known as the fear of success?

Fear of success is harder to see than a fear of failure and it can be more difficult to overcome.

Let me ask you a few questions about your life.

Be honest with yourself.

  1. Do you study and try to implement personal development tools, but your life does not improve or even get worse?
  2. Do you settle for less that you feel you deserve or are capable of achieving?
  3. Are you full of enthusiasm and optimism when you start new projects, but never really finish them.
  4. Do you ever expect things to go wrong no matter how good things are right now?
  5. Do any of those questions resonate with you? Do you see any of those patterns in your life?

The fear of success can hold you back in many ways. There are also symptoms of the fear of success. Take a look below and see if you can identify any of these symptoms. Below each of these symptoms is a solution for you.


One of the biggest success killers is procrastination.

This is putting off what needs doing or just not doing it even though it will bring you closer to your goals. We have all suffered from this at some time or other in our lives.

Although some of us more than others. (Hint, I am looking in the mirror.)

How do you expect to reach your destination if you do not takes steps toward it?

The answer is to do the little things each day that bring you just a little closer to your goal. This is why having a goal plan is so important.

The point is to take action! Any action! It is ok if you have rethink the steps along the way as long as your not sitting and doing nothing.

Taking action is a monster aspect of personal development.


Have you ever heard the saying “can’t see the forest for the trees?”

This is kind of the opposite of procrastination. It can be just as bad for you though.

What I am trying to tell you is that you should not get caught up in your plan so heavily that your plan becomes more important than materializing your goal. Your plan is important but keep in mind that you have a goal for a reason, not just to work a plan.

Be flexible with your plan, maybe half way through, you realize that there is a better way of doing something. Let go of your ego and change your plan, be flexible.


Another symptom of the fear of success is the thinking that the time is not right. Have you waited until the perfect timing to start your venture or until you had more information or a better plan?

This is starting to sound a little like a broken record, but action is the key. Take action! Take small steps in the beginning.

These small steps are better than sitting around waiting for the time to be better or until you know more.


This is a good start for you to think about for right now. I urge you to think about whether or not these issues are holding you back. The big answer is to just take action. Do not forget to enjoy the journey, though.

Eventually your fear of success will go away and you will have moved a long way toward achievement and success.

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – H. Jackson Brown Jr


Zohaib Akhlaq is the founder of where he teaches entrepreneurs and startup owners something new daily. You can follow him on Facebook, Twitter and Google+.

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