What stops you from taking your next step?
Is it fear of the unknown; fear of looking foolish; fear of making a mistake?
Is it fear of failure? Or, could it be fear of Success?
I used to have all of those fears and probably a few I did not recognize. Yet, I found myself stepping into new possibilities, after many years of being stuck, because I got so uncomfortable feeling stuck, that I had to make a change – in spite of those fears.
Several years ago, I realized that my biggest fear was the fear of success. How can that frighten you, you ask? Well, my fear was that I would not be able to maintain the success. I realized this working for a company that had sales limits that had to be met and exceeded. The fear of being unable to continue to meet or exceed them scared me so much that I found myself making other plans; stepping into a new occupations without those expectations. Afraid as I was of taking on a new challenge, I was more afraid of not succeeding. The funny thing is, I had the highest sales in the department. This was not because I tried harder to sell, but because I believe in excellent customer service.
Surprisingly, knowing I was afraid of success, I left that job to go to college. I hadn’t even graduated high school. There I was, in my 40’s decided to challenge myself (unconsciously) to succeed in getting a college diploma. And I succeeded, placing on the President’s honour role each semester. Hmm! Seems like a bit of contradiction. This is one of a number of steps I’ve taken.
The other day, I listened to the Marie Forleo show as she interviewed Robin Sharma, author, The 5 a.m. Club. When asked about his career choices, he answered, “Life’s greatest heartbreak is being not true to yourself.”
Looking back, I took my next step when the current one became unbearable. Then I would jump into the unknown because it was less scary than staying was. I think I was subconsciously realizing that and had to take my next step.
Something I have learned since is that if we dare to dream about a better future, we are able to take conscious control of our next steps. We a dream we have something to look forward to and if we dream about it long and hard enough, we find ourselves living into the dream.
What about you? Are you allowing the fears listed above to keep you stuck in a situation where you are not being true to yourself. Or, are you daring to dream into your possibilities and taking steps into that future.
If you are not, then you want to step into the online workshop I am holding beginning June 30, 2020. Daring to Dream Into Your Possibilities will re-ignite your hope of a better future. It will help you believe in yourself and see your potential. Recognize that you are stuck in a pattern that no longer serves you and take your next step by registering for this 8 week program by contacting me.