I’ve been thinking lately about fear, and why it seems to so easily take hold of us. In some areas of our lives we can be fearless and bold, but in others, the truly important ones, we let our fear rule us and hold us back from living the life we truly want and deserve. The problem with this, is that when we let fear keep us from achieving our goals, we condemn ourselves to a lifetime of wondering “what if?”
Are you letting fear hold you back?
I’ve compiled a list of five common fears that hold people back from success and paired them with inspirational quotes and affirmations that can help break through each different fear. Take a look at the list below. Are any of these common fears holding you back from achieving your own goals? If so, try copying out the associated quote and affirmation and posting them in a place where you’ll see them often, like the edge of your computer screen. Repeat these inspirational messages to yourself regularly for a week or two and see if you feel any different about wanting to start taking action towards achieving your goals!
5 common fears that block success
The fear: failure.
For some, the fear that we might fail is enough to make us never start. But if we never try anything new, we’ll never do anything new, either. Remember that we don’t have to do something perfectly in order to do it well, and that there is very little in life that can actually be considered a real failure. Every experience provides with an opportunity for learning and growth, and there is always a positive in every situation.
The affirmation: I grow more confident every day, and my future is full of possibilities!
The quote: “Excellence does not require perfection.” ~Henry James
The fear: success.
For some, the fear that we will succeed is actually the sticking point – we fear that success will somehow change us. Which of course, it will, but change is a part of growth; if we succeed at making a dream a reality, of course it’s going to change us, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad thing.
The affirmation: Success provides positive opportunities and experiences for me and my family.
The quote: “Money and success don’t change people; they merely amplify what is already there.” ~Will Smith
The fear: the unknown.
For many of us, the fear of not being able to see exactly how the goal will be achieved, at every step of the way, is terrifying and being unable to see the whole path all at once prevents us from ever taking the first step. But what if that first step is all it takes to break through the fear? What if the very act of committing to our goal and taking that first step in faith that we can and will be successful is enough to completely evaporate the fear?
The affirmation: I am always going in the right direction and my path is always revealed to me in the right time and sequence.
The quote: “You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” ~Martin Luther King Jr
The fear: other people’s opinions.
Many of us hold ourselves back from the things we most want to achieve because we are afraid of what people will think; we’re afraid that others will laugh at our dreams or think those dreams are ridiculous (“Who do you think you are?” or “You want to do what? Seriously?”).
The affirmation: My choices are always right for me; I am learning to trust myself and my own judgement.
The quote: “Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter, and those who matter won’t mind.” ~Dr. Seuss
The fear: losing the security blanket.
Sometimes people use fear as a safety net, allowing it to give them an acceptable reason for not taking the risk of going out and living the life we have imagined. We wrap ourselves in this cocoon, because it feels safer to let the fear control us than it is to face it and take that first trembling step forward, toward the goals we so long to achieve.
The affirmation: I release my fears and choose a life of joy. It is safe to move forward.
The quote: “Too many of us are not living our dreams because we are living our fears.” ~Les Brown
If you’ve been feeling stuck with respect to taking action on your goals, maybe these common fears have been holding you back. If one or more of them seem familiar to you, hopefully the affirmations and quotes here will help you break free of those fears and let you get going on living the life of your dreams. 🙂