Is Fear of Success Paralyzing Your Progress?

The fear of success hides itself well… 

My post from last week finished with a free PDF I created for you quoting Our Deepest Fear by Marianne Williamson. I’ve been reading it every morning for the past week along with my MKE requirements. I already feel a shift in my thoughts.

But this paragraph has been like a chattering parrot on my shoulder lately…

And as we let our own light shine, We unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we’re liberated from our own fear, Our presence automatically liberates others.

And the question plaguing me has been: “What’s holding me back from letting my light shine?” I love helping others. Why would I let my fear hold them back too?

Why wouldn’t I be more excited about building a business around my online skills?

The lessons I have learned online over the past 5 years have rewarded me with WordPress skills second to none. I create stunning, highly responsive WP websites but yet I have been procrastinating on developing a business to capitalize on those skills.  Why?

no fear of success

… and furthermore – Do it Now!

Mark J continually emphasizes that procrastination is fear based. WTF is that about? Fear of being introduced to my future self?  If  the Fear of Success is truly the “mother of all fears”… I’d better get over it and get on with it, right?  Those were the exact words from the Guy in the Glass last night right after I told him how much I loved him.

He gives me no wiggle room here at all!  And I’m a little choked about it because… I have a hard time believing I have a fear of success – so I’m digging deep this week to get to the bottom of this procrastination nonsense.

This week my reflections about fear of success and failure have been influenced by several great thinkers: Og Mandino, Earl Nightingale and John Wooden.

What is Success Anyway?

Og Mandino reveals success may be described in thousands of different ways whereas failure is always defined in only one way: “Failure is man’s inability to reach his goals in life, whatever they may be.”

Earl Nightingale’s best definition: “Success is the ongoing realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” This has always resonated with me.

John Wooden claims: “Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best that you are capable of becoming.”

These statements are in harmony with my thoughts and suggest to me I am already successful by applying the knowledge I have learned in the Master Key Experience. However if and only if I stay true to myself and “do the work” as outlined and do my best. Period.  OK then…

My quandary  – when I define success this way – why would I have fear of success? I will take that question in to my next sit and see what bubbles up for me. Interesting.

Procrastination versus Enthusiasm

What would happen if I replace procrastination about starting a business with being enthusiastic about starting a business? After all, Mark J emphasizes Enthoooosiasm is a requirement in the MKE course. In the past I was a little weak on the passion and enthusiasm bit. Oops… judgement.

To paraphrase a mentor of mine, Bob Proctor: “When you fall in love you get passionate. So fall in love with an idea and get passionate about it.” Stands to reason if I fall in love with a business idea I’ll be passionate about being successful with it. And enthusiastic!! Do it Now!

When I replace my procrastination habit with my new habit of being enthusiastic about developing my website business – any fears will be eliminated and the natural progression of results based on correct thinking will be my true success.

Sounds great – but what do I need to do to make all that happen?

Creating a New Blueprint for Success

Over to you for a quick review…

The Master Key Experience exercises and requirements have been meticulously crafted to establish a shift in behavior to create good habits through constant spaced repetition. It’s not one thing or two things that make the difference – it’s taking action on all the components of the course to experience the compounding effect.

Simple child-like (not childish) tasks repeated over time reprogram the subconscious mind to move you in the direction of your goals almost effortlessly on autopilot.

Your new blueprint to manifest what you desire most in life – your DMP  – your Dharma or true purpose is your just reward for all the work in becoming a self reliant, self directed thinker capable of taking your life in any direction you choose.

The best part? The universe doesn’t play favourites so you have the same opportunity as me (or anyone else) to meet your future self right now – but only if you do the work consistently and with enthusiasm. Got it? Good!

Back to me for a reality check…

So if I am getting this right – I fall in love with an idea like my new business – get passionate about it and replace procrastination with enthusiasm. Then, I rewrite my Definite Main Purpose to include my new goals, develop a Plan of Action with a Positive Mental Attitude in harmony with my Mastermind Alliance and I’ll be off to the races with my new business.

Executing the daily activities on my POA will compound the effect and my success will be automatic.

The Pyramid of Success

No, this is not a hot new MLM deal – it’s John Wooden’s principle based philosophy of building a bullet proof foundation for ongoing success.

“You’ll find most of it is practice and the rest of it is work.”

My focus will be the two cornerstones of Wooden’s pyramid – Industriousness and Enthusiasm. I’ll consistently continue to build any new business with his success pyramid foundation so the fear of success is banished from my subconscious mind forever.

I am observing my confidence continues to grow daily with the MKE and I expect 2017 will be an exciting & tremendously successful year by any definition.

’til next time…

Dennis Goff

PS:  What are you taking on that scares you?  Comment below…


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  • Leah King says:

    I want to make the time to live this life and follow these words, I am currently caught in the life race…have to get that figured out and will…when???

    • Dennis says:

      Thanks for visiting today, Leah! Agree with you – We are on this planet for a short period of time. Leaving it a better place by experiencing what we truly want and sharing our gifts with others to enhance their lives is a big nut to crack. It all starts with correct thinking. What do YOU think? Love & Hugs – D

  • Glenna Ference says:

    Love all the reminders to keep those daily commitments in check ! The light is getting brighter every day my friend 🙂

    • Dennis says:

      Hey Glenna – great to see you here today! Striving to radiate the same energy as you! Working on it daily. Just noticed you didn’t have an web image. Set it up here and it will automatically show your beautiful smile for everyone to see whenever you comment on any blogs. Get it here:

  • Claes says:

    Awesome post, Dennis, Your courage and insights are inspiring!
    Do it now, my friend – there´s a world out there that needs what You have to offer!

    Mahalo, I appreciate You!

    Peace // Claes

    • Dennis says:

      Thank you for your encouragement, Claes! Working on the plan as we speak… happy trails to you my friend!

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