What is Fear of Success?

We toss around the word fear a lot. Do you really know what it is?  How do you identify if you are actually experiencing fear.  And then what do you do with it? Do you lean in or run away?


I was reading a blog post from my favorite confidence coach, Kate Crocco, and she said it so perfectly with this example, I just had to share:


Kate Crocco, "Below are the two most common things to be looking out for, along with the lie you may be telling yourself, and then the TRUTH to combat this lie.

  1. You make decisions to NOT take the next step because you are fearful you won’t have the time or won’t be able to keep up. This is the #1 thing I hear women saying. I can’t take that on (although I really want to) because I won’t have the time.

LIE: “If I were to launch a Mastermind I would possibly have 10-12 additional clients and how could I keep up with 10 new clients AND the work I already have?!”

TRUTH: If I booked 10-12 clients in my Mastermind I would have 20 additional hours of work per month. I would also be bringing in $10,000 extra in my business each month. AND I could then hire a VA to do 20 hours of back end work in my business for me (outside of my zone of genius). If the VA charges $40 per hour this would be an additional $800 in business expenses each month, BUT $9,200 in PROFIT.

Thoughts? This is called scaling your business. This FEAR of “not keeping up or having enough time” is what hold MOST women back from finding more success in their businesses.

2.  You also make decisions to NOT take next steps and say yes to opportunities because you are afraid they will impede on your social life or relationships.

LIE: “If I were to launch the (above) Mastermind, I would have 20 hours less per month with my friends and family and I already feel strapped for time.”

TRUTH: If you launched that Mastermind, we already know you would have $9,200 extra each month in profit. With this extra money you could hire let’s say a personal assistant to do light housekeeping, laundry, meal prep, grocery shopping, errands, etc for 5 hours per week at $20 per hour. This would free up 20 hours per month to spend with friends, family, get to the gym, participate in hobbies, etc. and would only cost $400 per month. With that profit of $9,200 minus $400 you still are pocketing $8,800 per month with now extra cash in your pocket AND 20 additional hours per month to do the things you love.

How is this NOT a win win??? Right? This is why working through these specific fears of succeeding PLUS the others you may be experiencing is KEY to getting to that next level in your business. And how do I know this? I’ve been there before! Again, this is a normal fear to experience, but how you react to it is what can make or break your business."

If you want to read the rest of the article you can find it here!

So ask yourself:

  • Is this fear holding me back?
  • Am I leaning in or running way?
  • Am I allow this to impact my performance, and what am I going to do?

Let the fear be there, but let it drive you.  Reach out anytime if you would like some support or to deep dive into your fears!  info@discovery-coaching.com