Ironic though it seems, we can fear success as well as failure.
Ask yourself these two questions: What are the positives when I succeed? What are the negatives when I succeed?
Example: I’ve been writing a book for several years, but have never felt it was ready to submit for publication. What fears might be blocking my progress?
Ask: What are the positives of success?
- Finally complete it.
- Potential income.
- Potential readership and recognition.
- Can truly call myself a published writer.
What are the negatives of success?
- It receives poor reviews.
- It doesn’t sell.
- It’s well received and it sells well, but I can’t build on that success with subsequent books.
- I’m a one-book wonder.
Overcome the Fear
Identifying and facing fears is just the starting point. Now it’s time to ask some additional questions for each identified fear:
So what? What happens if the fear materializes?
Can I live with it?
Courage is going forward in spite of fear. If you can live with what might result then by all means go forward.