Spiders, heights, clowns, flying, bugs, needles, water, germs, dogs, the dark… Many people probably have some sort of phobia or another.
While a lot has been said about facing your fears and overcoming them, certain fears can be managed and might not affect how you turn out in life. In contrast, certain fears need to be overcome to make progress in life and reach your highest potential. Here are the 6 biggest fears you need to overcome to be successful.
1. The fear of inadequacy
One of the biggest fears that can stop you from being successful is the fear of inadequacy.
You need to let go of the feeling of not having what it takes to be successful, and retrain your mind to thinking you are unique, special, has potentials, and can be successful if you put your mind to work.
By letting go of the fear of inadequacy, you can then begin to ask questions like; “is it possible to achieve this dream of mine?”, “What important first steps can I take?” “Who else has achieved this?, “What can I begin to do now that will lead me closer to my goals?” Etc.
2. Fear of failure
It seemed to make sense to want to keep what you have and not lose it, but making sacrifices and taking risks are two essential ingredients for success.
The reason is this: opportunities don’t always come knocking, it often comes disguised as work. Successful people have had to make sacrifices and take risks in the attempt to create the success they crave.
The fear of failure is one of the most common reasons why people refuse to take bold steps that can transform their lives and career.
As logical as not wanting to lose what you’ve already earned seems, you need to take some risk for what you feel strongly about, for your dreams and aspirations.
Disappointments, shame, etc. are only opportunities to learn and grow.
There is no straight path to success. It’s littered with mistakes and failures. Successful people fail forward, they learn from their failures and their desire to succeed is greater than their fear of failure.
3. The fear of uncertainty
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.Robert Frost(The Road Not Taken)
What if I’m are making the wrong decision? How can I be so sure I won’t regret this?
These are questions that arise due to the fear of uncertainty. Of course, these are reasonable questions to ask. But successful people know, they don’t have control over everything, but that doesn’t stop them, instead they focus on themselves and work on their advantages.
According to Adam Smith, who’s a life coach and motivational speaker, “Anticipating what will happen in the future is a strength that can be developed, and it will help you take the first step when you experience the fear of uncertainty,” he explains in his book The Bravest You: 5 Steps to Fight Your Biggest Fears, Find Your Passion and Unlock Your Extraordinary Life
He adds: “And vision is what will keep you moving forward regardless of your fears. In whatever you do, anticipation and vision are both necessary ingredients to fight the fear of uncertainty.”
4. The fear of being judged
The fear of being judged has caused many to resign to a carbon copy life. It keeps you from fully expressing and exploiting your potentials.
The truth is, no matter what you do, what you say or how you look, you would always be judged by someone. Would you rather be judged as a failure or be criticized on the ground of wanting to achieve more?
When you become afraid to stand up for your dreams and aspirations again, ask yourself — What if you did succeed? What if it’s the best decision you ever made?
People are willing to wish their opinion upon you if you allow them.
If you want to be successful you’ve got to be ready to do what all successful people do — ignoring those who look down on your dreams and aspirations, some people would want you to believe you don’t deserve it.
Who cares if a few people roll their eyes and judge you— if a few more people are inspired by your uniqueness?
5. Fear of change
Things change all the time, but one thing is always constant: change.
The fear of change stops us from acting. It often works with anxiety, self-doubt, and guilt.
The world is ever-evolving and full of opportunities we would never take advantage of unless we’re ready to be flexible and comfortable in being uncomfortable.
The path to success is not a straight one, you have to always be ready to change something.
6. The fear of success
The fear of success involves being afraid of achievement, often to the point that people will sabotage themselves.
At first blush, fear of success also referred to as “success anxiety” or “success phobia”, doesn’t sound like much of a fear. But it’s very real, and can hold you back in a big way.
You know you can pull off a specific task, but you still don’t do it, probably because you prefer not to be burdened by the pressure of future expectations by others or, you fear success will bring loneliness, or you simply wonder if you’re worthy of success.