Last week I posted on the danger of limiting beliefs. These frequently take the form of fear of failure…the reasons that we believe we will not be successful. The truth is, we can also set ourselves up for failure by a fear of success.
I have had many clients who face this challenge. Here are just a few of the ways that it has been voiced.
- I would grow my business, but I don’t want the headaches that additional employees would bring.
- I know that I could make a lot more money, but I don’t like what has happened to my friends who have achieved that goal; they’re just not nice people any more.
- I would apply for my manager’s job when she retires, but I know the crazy hours she worked, and I don’t want that for myself.
The first question I always ask is, How do you define success? If you define it as a larger business with problem employees, that is what you will achieve…if you move forward. If success is making a lot of money, and becoming the type of wealthy person that you detest, that is what you will become…if you move forward. If it is getting a promotion and working untold hours as a result, that is what you will do…if you move forward. [Read more…]