The Fear of Success

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The Fear of Success

I have spent the last couple months listening to clients and working with my own coach about how I most effectively impact individuals and organizations. It is no secret to those around me, those who know me, and those who have worked with me that I have many interests and have had the fortune of experiencing different careers, industries, and academic pursuits.

But at the heart of it, as others have pointed out, my passion to motivate others to find theirs and to reach their fullest potential. But as for many others, particularly women and women of color, it is easy for me to fall trap into the “Imposter Syndome.” While I can easily detect this in others and coach them to overcome the falsity of this thinking, detecting this for myself is a different matter.

I hope you find these occasional tips, articles, and thoughts helpful to discovering your own potential and recognize your true abilities. This is a quote that I keep in my doodle book by Marianne Williamson and hope you find it useful as well:

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be…? Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do….. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”