Monday, Jul 29, 2013

(Attitude) Dealing with the Fear of Success

Are you afraid of success? You may be thinking, What a ridiculous question? Who in her right mind is afraid of success? Yet, the fear of success is one of the most common fears among writers and people in general.

Why would a writer be afraid of success?  Here are a few reasons writers give:

1) Success could mean a radical change in lifestyle. I may be required to travel far and wide, speak in front of people, become a household word. I would lose all of my privacy and live in a fishbowl for the rest of my life.

2) Success will rob me of writing time. If I’m in the public eye all the time, when will I have time to write?

3) Success will go to my head. When I become rich, I may stray from God and from my values.

While all of these reason may contain a kernel of truth, they do not contain the whole truth.  Let’s reconsider each one:

1) Yes, success could mean a radical change in lifestyle, but then it could not. You can control how you run your life. You can set the boundaries you want for your life.

2) Yes, success may take some of your writing time, but again, you can still guard your writing time like a hawk and set your personal boundaries.

3) Yes, success could go to your head, but only if you let it. You determine whether or not you will stray from God. You determine how close you will remain to God.

Success can be an effectual door opened by God for you to proclaim the Gospel. God delights in your success (Psalm 35:27) as long as your success does not replace Him as first in your life.

Here is the dictum I follow: Seek God first, and success will follow. But even if it doesn’t, you will have sought and found the greatest prize there is–a personal relationship with the God of the Universe through His Son Jesus Christ.

And that, in my opinion, is true success!

Copyright 2013 by MaryAnn Diorio, PhD. All Rights Reserved.

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2 thoughts on “(Attitude) Dealing with the Fear of Success

  1. I am afraid of both success and failure. By grace, God helps me recognize it and move forward. Fear of success is tied to my anxiety issues. Your above reasons contain a lot of unknowns. Not a happy place for anyone. However, as a Christian writer, I write because He called me to do it. I would be miserable if I were to ignore Him and not do what He made me to do.

  2. Thanks so much for your comment, Kristy. You are right that our Lord gives us the grace to overcome both the fear of success and the fear of failure. Glory to His holy Name!

    Thank you also for your obedience to His call on your life to write for Him. May He bless the work of your heart and of your hands, for His glory and for the building of His Kingdom!