What’s holding you back? Fear of failure or fear of success? That may not make sense initially but it’s a concept worth thinking about. I asked one of my mentoring candidates this question recently as I felt that they were inadvertently sabotaging their plans for the future.

I shared with them a famous quote by Marianne Williamson, taken from her book, A Return To Love: Reflections on the Principles of A Course in Miracles. I set it out in full on this blog last year. It starts:

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure…”

Are you one of those people who feels they are not worthy of success? Why? Of course you deserve to be successful. Your experiences to date have brought you to where you are. You have a unique lifetime of experiences to draw upon and to learn from. You are worthy. You can succeed in your ambitions. But first you need to believe that you are worthy and to take steps to realise your ambitions.

Or are you one of those people with loads of great ideas and yet you take very little action towards making any of them a reality? Hard to choose which way to go? Hard to choose which option to pursue first? Not choosing is an option in itself.

I’m all for trying to anticipate the consequences of our choices. Indeed doing this can help exclude some options. It’s not always possible to wade through our choices and options alone. You may need the honest support and challenge of a third party, be it a friend or family member with whom you are comfortable sharing your ambitions and who can ask informed challenging questions. Or someone completely independent. ;-)

Or you may simply need to be honest as to what’s holding you back? Fear of failure or fear of success?

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