One of the most paralyzing emotions is fear, and you’ve probably heard that fear is an acronym for False Evidence Appearing Real. Whatever you’re afraid of is probably not as bad as you think. And if you can push through the mental mirage of fear, then an oasis of achievement awaits you.

There are two kinds of fear when it comes to personal achievement: the fear of failure and the fear of success. Both are intimidating illusions that you can easily shrink down to ass-whoopin’ size if you can only get a good look at what they really are and then fully grasp the vulgar display of power that’s resident inside you.

The Fear of Failure

The fear of failure is when you’re pre-convinced that you’ll fail if you try to achieve that thing you desire most. You’re afraid not only of the failure itself—you’re also terrified of the grizzly teeth of personal embarrassment as well as the possibility that your public failure will cement as a fact that you’re unable, insufficient, and destined to eat a continual course of the loser’s lunch.

The truth is that if you try and fail, then you’ll be admired by them that care about you, because anyone else’s opinions don’t matter. The truth is that if you try and fail, you won’t reinforce your failure consciousness—you’ll actually deliver it such a death blow that you’ll be anxious to try again. The second attempt won’t be so intimidating.

The Fear of Success

The fear of success is when you’re hesitant to unleash hell on your goals because of the added responsibility and commitment that comes if you achieve them. If you succeed, you’ll have more to do; more to manage; more people to coordinate; and you’ll have to keep up the heat to stay on top. It’s just easier to stay where you are and talk a great game.

The truth is that everything you’ll need to handle success is built in to the program. The added skills you’ll need are readily accessible, and there are others just waiting to kick in and help you with your goal just as soon as you make the decision to launch. People are motivated by those who make decisions, take chances, and follow through—they want to be close to those who achieve.

There’s nothing worth a damn that you should ever be afraid of when it comes to achieving your goals. It’s all an illusion dreamed up by that part of you that needs a kick in the ass! Metal up!


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C. J. Ortiz
C. J. Ortiz

My mission is to help equip people to maximize their resources for a purpose greater than themselves. That's what my own mentors and teachers have done for me, and I'm paying it forward. Life can be merciless, and the world can be a messed up place, so what's needed is a stronger people that can both endure and overcome in life. My motto is, "In whatever you do, don't suck! Metal up!"

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    6 replies to "Fear of Failure, Fear of Success"

    • Anonymous

      You hit the nail on the head. I’ve always thought I had a fear of success, but others said that was ridiculous and that if was a fear of failure.
      You know what, I’m not lazy. I trust the universe; it’s time to metal up. Thanks, C.J.

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      You were right all along!! Isn’t it amazing? We just need to trust ourselves, because who knows us better than we do? Work hard, Sis! You got this!

    • Sandy

      Mine has been Fear of Success b/c every time I get two steps ahead, something comes in and I have to restart. The comparison is much like the fear of heights vs the fear of falling.. I love the view, hate the fall. But I am at a make it or break point in life, so I am Metal-ing Up! and just doing it. Thanks for the kick in the ass you provide!

    • C. J. - The Metal Motivator

      That’s awesome, Sandy. Go for it!

    • AJ Bishop

      My fear is both. I am afraid that if I fail I will be at rock bottom once again and have to scratch and claw my way to where I was before, head barely above water. I also fear success because what if I do make it? Then what? How do I keep up the pace I so long fought for? What if I fail down the road after achieving success? Then I ask myself, what IS success to me, really? I am afraid that’s for sure. Afraid of that thing between my ears making me over analyze. How do I get THAT guy to shut up?

    • Thanks for writing, AJ. Depending upon what it is you’re going for, the way to dispel fear is by:

      1. The accumulation of knowledge.
      2. Gradual action steps that increase over time.

      The more you know about how something is achieved, the less you’ll fear it, and the less chance you’ll have of failing.

      Then, taking smaller, but consistent, action steps based upon the knowledge gained enables you to both minimize risk and grow to handle the greater responsibility that success brings.

      During this whole process, you’ll have to reject the negative thoughts as soon as they appear and then crowd them out by consuming your mind in learning.

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