The Fear of Success
Have you ever experienced a time in your life, when you preparing to accomplish a major goal but you stopped yourself because you feared it would be successful?
The fear of success and not failure.
Unfortunately, I have experienced this fear and wondered if it was something "normal". For me, this fear occurred last year as I was putting together my first children's coloring book entitled, Naturally Me: Olivia Brown and her Coily Crew - Book 1.
The books content is excellent and I was very excited about the project, but then my mind began going in 1,000 different directions. I began to procrastinate and take care of other projects; putting my personal goals to the side. I knew that I had to complete this book because it was not just for me. I wanted to use my passion, my art to make a difference for the future generations. However, that fear of success held me back. I recognized the fear and was confused by it. I thought to myself, "This is stupid. What are you afraid of? Get it together!"
I had to scold and kind of smack myself back into reality.
I suppose the fear was from the excitement of illustrating, writing, and self-publishing my very first book. I was traveling into unknown territories; a new realm. Unsure of what the world would think of my work, I pulled myself together and pushed forward.
Looking back at those moments, I now chuckle and shake my head in disbelief. I have no regrets and know that everything has its time, but I refuse to hold myself back anymore. Positive thoughts...positive actions...positive results. Let's go!!!
“He is able who thinks he is able.” ~Buddha