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.