The Fear of Success

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: 

1) Procrastination

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.

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2 thoughts on “The Fear of Success

  1. Very interesting, Mary Ann. Sometimes I fear success … I fear the changes it may bring to my life. I have a special needs child to take care of. If I have to travel, who will take care of her? If I’m successful, the pressure will be on to write another successful book. What if I can’t do it?

    So many questions surround being successful. I believe the answer rests in God. Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the Lord brings wealth, and he adds no trouble to it.”

    Why are we afraid? Because we don’t believe the Word of the Lord. May He give us faith and confidence.

    December 17, 2008 at 7:54 AM

  2. When I think of a contract and writing books on deadline, I get concerned. I’m glad the Lord has me on a long learning curve. Sudden success would freak me out.

    Blessings,
    Susan 🙂

    December 17, 2008 at 8:53 PM