We all want to be successful. That’s why we get up and get going and work hard. And why not? With success comes fulfillment. And happiness. And, let’s not be coy about it, money. Sometimes lots of money.
Who wouldn’t want all that? Who would resist their own innate desire to become successful?
Well, as it turns out, a lot of us. Success is tricky.
Fear of success is one of the most common issues my clients grapple with. After dozens of conversations about it, I’ve come to know that many of us harbor hidden beliefs about success that are actually very negative. These negative beliefs are due to our fear of the change that success will bring – and how that change will mess with our sense of certainty and significance.
The first change we fear is the end of striving. Striving is de...