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May 2012 Volume 4 Issue 5




It is well documented that many people fail to achieve their goals in life due to the phenomenon known as "fear of failure," but are you aware that a major factor that is often overlooked is a state known as "fear of success"? Fear of failure will lead many people into inertia - the inability to make a decision or take action in case they receive rejection or negative outcomes. The fear of success is much more subtle, harder to spot, and also harder to eradicate. The fear of success can also make you behave in ways that hold you back. Procrastination, not seeing the forest through the trees, being a perfectionist, seeing only the problems, are just a few symptoms of the fear of success. Do you or any of your employees battle the fear of success? This mental state is can be indentified and there are many tools in the personal development industry to help combat this plague and re-program the mind for success. However, it takes courage to admit and address such a problem with individuals. Too many talented people never reach their potential to effectively contribute to the bottom line of business success because of their fear of failure. 


What Leaders are Reading

The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do in Life and Business 


    In The Power of Habit, award-winning New York Times business reporter Charles Duhigg takes us to the thrilling edge of scientific discoveries that explain why habits exist and how they can be changed. With penetrating intelligence and an ability to distill vast amounts of information into engrossing narratives, Duhigg brings to life a whole new understanding of human nature and its potential for transformation.



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Maximizing Individual Success


Many talented 

individuals never reach their leadership potential due to their fear of success. The ability to lead, the ability to succeed is there, but rarely realized. So how does one understand their potential and fear to succeed?


There have been many books written that address this dilemma. However, "knowledge is not power." Only applied knowledge is power. To maximize individual success many individuals and organizations have learned the value of "one on one" leadership coaching.

Such a coach should be totally and unconditionally dedicated to accelerating an individual's success and sense of well being. They have no agenda except to assist the individual in being the best they can be. They focus on overcoming the fears that prevent one from truly achieving success. The most effective coaches do not come from within an organization. They are not there to show them "how" to do things or to be a mentor for them. Mentors can come from within. A successful coaching relationship helps one embark on a dynamic journey to escape the fear of success and bring more success and personal fulfillment to one's personal and professional life. As the "Mikey" commercial says; "Try it, you'll like it."



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"Destiny is not a matter of chance; it is a matter of choice.
       Wm Jennings Bryan
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