Life & Work

3 Fears Holding You Back From Success

It’s been said that FEAR stands for “Forget Everything And Run.”  It’s that uncomfortable, disconcerting feeling that causes us to take a back seat in our own life and prevents us from proactively moving forward to reach our goals and aspirations.  Instead of facing a personal, business or workplace situation head on and taking control of the proverbial handlebars of life, fear causes us to turn the other way, freeze in our tracks, or poke our head in the sand.  Eldonna Lewis-Fernandez, an engaging motivational speaker known internationally as The Pink Biker Chic shares with Loren's World readers fears that are holding you back.  Here are my 3 favorite from her list:

1. Fear of Success – This is actually a fear of achieving your dreams and standing out.  Fear of the attention you will receive should you actually realize success.  Yes, people might look at you, and talk about you, which can make you feel self-conscious.  Sometimes, it’s the fear of taking the steps necessary to work toward your goal, or knowing what to do first when all seems daunting at the onset.  We all have things we want to achieve in life but, by giving into this particular fear, you lose faith in yourself and your abilities, and also faith in those who truly have your best interest at heart and want to see you succeed.  And, remember that even baby steps are forward momentum.

2. Fear of Speaking – Many people fear public speaking more than any other activity.  Speaking requires a palpable level of confidence and ability.  In our lives and careers, we are sometimes required to present thoughts and ideas to others.  Whether it is ideas at a school PTA meeting, a speech at a wedding or funeral, a briefing during a staff meeting or a full-scale conference keynote, it’s all public speaking.  Being a confident speaker requires training, not talent.  Master this skill and you will command the attention and respect that you deserve and the successes will ensue.

3. Fear of Failure – All too often we stop short of attempting something new for fear we might embarrass our self or, worse, fail all together.  Any given undertaking has the possibility of resulting in failure, which is never a desirable or welcome outcome.  But, when facing something new, a fear of failure can be amplified as anxiety, nerves, and our “fight or flight” instinct kicks in.  These intense feelings can cause us to put our aspirations on the shelf where they can languish in perpetuity.  Mary Kay Ash perhaps said it best: “Fail forward to success.”  Indeed, failure is part of the road toward success and should not be feared but embraced as an opportunity for growth.