Sunday, April 14, 2024

How to Overcome the Fear of Success (Yes there is such a thing)

Our minds work in wondrous and mysterious ways, don’t they? The power of imagination is both a blessing and a curse.

All the greatest inventions have come about because of the power of imagination. Think of the respected inventors of the 1800’s and you just know – they imagined their success before they achieved it.

But on the other hand, imagination can paralyze a person with fear. Walking down a deserted street at night can really get that imagination working overtime.

And who hasn’t imagined some horrible fate happening to one of their loved ones, when they aren’t home on time?

Every new thing we do has a measure of fear involved along with the joy and excitement. Yes, even success. Along with the excitement, there is an element of fear when we imagine great success.

It might be a fear of others depending on you. For example, you create a great new product, employ thousands of people, and then something bad happens and all those people are out of work.

Or say you create an information product. Well now everyone expects you to be an expert, right? That’s just too much. What if they ask you something you don’t know?

Well, you can see how my mind works (I can always find the BAD point!) 🙂

But let me tell you something. You can take that wonderful imagination of yours and turn it to your advantage. Sit down and try to imaging everything bad that could come from success. List them on paper. Now write down every GOOD thing that could come from success. List them on paper.

The bad list is a lot shorter, isn’t it? I bet it has some unrealistic items on it too, doesn’t it? I mean, how likely is it that if you create a product popular enough to need thousands of employees, that the company will suddenly fail?

Now you’ve let your imagination run wild. You’ve conceived of every possible outcome. It’s not so bad, is it? Don’t fear success any more! Take the risk, it’s worth it. You’ll be happier and your family will be happier.

Dennis Eppestine operates his website at You can join his newsletter by sending an email to

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