"Forward, as occasion offers. Never look round to see whether any shall note it…. Be satisfied with success in even the smallest matter, and think that even such a result is no trifle."
--- Marcus Aurelius
Some business people actually fear success. They see the challenge of the chase for success, but once they are close to the prize their efforts ease off and they seek other challenges. Psychologists claim that these are usually the same people that when dating, they prefer to dump the other person as opposed to being dumped.
These experts say that the fear of success is a fear that you will accomplish all that you set out to, but that you still won't be happy, content, or satisfied once you reach your goal.
"It is strange the way the ignorant and inexperienced so often and so undeservedly succeed when the informed and the experienced fail."
--- Mark Twain
While we plan, hope, pray, and wish for success, the actual achievement of a goal frightens the dickens out of some business owners. They pay the bills and can get by, always teetering on the verge of success, and even become envious if less-deserving businesses land lucrative contracts.
"But be not afraid of greatness: some men are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them."
--- William Shakespeare
One solution to overcoming the fear of success is to ask the question: What will happen if I succeed? Don't focus on what you hope will happen or what you fear might happen, but realistically consider what probably will happen. When you achieve your goal, then what? What else will change?
It's rare that a goal is all candy and nuts. Success requires change, and change has both positive and negative consequences. Truthfully acknowledge the outcome of a reached goal and see yourself in the state of success.
"Forecasting is very difficult-especially if it is about the future. He who lives by the crystal ball soon learns to eat ground glass."
--- Edgar Fiedler
Sometimes people claim to want to succeed at something but they may overlook the reality that the negatives outweigh the positives. One way to overcome this problem is to consciously think about what those negatives are, and then confront them one by one. Confronting a negative side effect could mean figuring out how to eliminate it completely, or it could mean just accepting it and learning to live with it.
It's certainly helpful to focus on the positive side of a goal. But don't forget to take an occasional survey of the dark side and accept that you're going to have to deal with that as well.
"It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because... All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are."
--- Mark Cuban
Asking, "What will happen if I succeed?" can solve this problem because it focuses your conscious attention on those fears. Fear has a tendency to shrink under direct examination, making it easier for you to take action.
Some people dislike the word "fear" with respect to their own behavior - don't get hung up on the exact wording; call it "avoidance behavior" if that's more to your liking. The key here is to dig into the fear of success little by little overcoming your fear with each dig.
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