Most of us reading this have a writing dream. Some of us are actively pursuing that dream; others of us are simply talking about it. If you are in the latter group, you may be suffering from a fear of success.
You may be thinking Who would be afraid of success? Surprisingly, the fear of success is a very common fear. Here are some of its symptoms:
2) Talking about writing instead of actually writing
3) Anxiety that you’re really a terrible writer and that soon other writers will find out
4) Hesitancy to share a writing accomplishment with another writer who is struggling.
The fear of success is rooted in the lie that success will bring with it something we don’t want. For example, many Christians believe that it is wrong to have a millions of dollars. In their minds, they have made a false association between money and character. Somewhere along the way, they may have heard the statement that you can’t be rich and spiritual at the same time.
Writers often believe lies about writing success. For example, if I write a best-seller and have to travel widely, it may hurt my family. If you think you are suffering from the fear of success, take some time to ask yourself why you fear success. Your answers may surprise you.