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How to Overcome Your Hidden Fear of Success

As we head into the new year and start thinking about our New Years Resolutions (I prefer to talk about Outcomes or Goals…more on that at a later date), you may want to ask yourself what could hold you back. While many people are afraid of failing and know that the fear of failure can hold them back, few people think about the fear of being successful.

While fear of failure can hold you back, you may not be as aware of the flip side – the fear of success. It may seem counter-intuitive, but you can have weird, hidden fears about success that can sabotage you! In fact, Brene Brown, who studies Vulnerability, shares that we are often more fearful of being truly joyful than we are of being unhappy, which ties into being fearful of success.  Wow, that’s crazy!

There are many reasons for this, but for now, we’re going to focus on the fear of success in general.  One thing about success is that it can bring different beliefs about who you are, or how you feel you are perceived. It may change other’s perception of you too, which may or may not be favourable. However, others will have their opinions about you no matter what your level of success is and it’s really not up to you to manage that for them 😉

To be clear – when I say successful, what I mean is having, doing or being what and who you want to be. It’s not according to anyone else’s wishes for you – purely your own. Sometimes this can be tricky, especially if you’re trying to please everyone!

Success can come in many forms, from happiness, financial, business, career, family, sports, you name it. On the way to achieving the things you desire, you may bump into a few challenges along the way…and one of them you may not be aware of is the subconscious sabotage of being successful that can occur!

Even if you’re not aware of it, you may be asking yourself something like, “Who am I to have this success?”, or “Do I really deserve to have all this (insert the word – joy, money, fame, enlightenment)?”

YES! You deserve to have everything you want and desire. In this video, I share with you some other hidden questions you may be asking yourself that could be holding you back.  I also share some antidotes to help you move past the fear so you can truly create your dreams.

Of course, once you’ve watched the video, I’d love to hear from you. Please share one of your limiting beliefs about success and what will you choose to believe instead.

This is a really exciting concept to embrace. Once you get this, there really is no ceiling! I’m looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you soar!

~Dawn xo


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