To what extent are we afraid of success?

September 22, 2019

As achievements loom on the horizon and our efforts to date begin to bring the desired results, it is timely to ask ourselves to what extent are we afraid of success?

Of course, it could be such a question is completely out of place. After all, if chosen actions are getting us to where we claim we want to be, why wouldn’t we want to cross the finishing line of success?

Over the years, clients have spoken of success as:

“A changer of the status quo”;
“A bringer of more responsibility”;
“A performance bar needing to be raised continuously”.

Any of these reasons might be enough to ‘justify’ having doubts about success. However, we should not forget the positive benefits of accomplishing something:

a) The satisfaction in knowing we have overcome challenges;
b) The feeling of achievement after a period of sacrifices and the like;
c) Motivation to continue along our professional/personal development path.

With all these ideas in the open, let’s me ask again: to what extent are we afraid of success?

To discuss your response as part of a coaching conversation, please get in contact.

For now, thanks for reading this ‘To what extent are we afraid of success?’ post.


About Brian

Brian Groves DipM MCIM Chartered Marketer, Coach, Trainer and Author, supplies professional and personal development to a portfolio of corporate and individual clients.

As an Adjunct Professor at the Università Cattolica, Milan, Italy, Brian teaches an International graduate course, using four characters taken from dramatic texts as coaching clients, to examine various work-related leadership and performance matters.

Brian’s goal is to support through coaching, training and writing motivated people who wish to live their potential, in education, work or life in general.

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