But isn’t success a good thing? What’s there to be scared of? To quote an old cliché: with great power comes great responsibility, and your mind knows it. Maybe becoming well-known terrifies you on some level—as glamorous as it sounds to be a famous writer, let’s face it, baring your soul before millions could cripple anyone’s ambitions. Or perhaps you lack confidence in your ability to handle a drastically increased income.
And those are just fame and money concerns. What if your relationships suffer? What if your supercharged lifestyle causes a decline in health?
The fear is mostly subconscious, but it’s very real.
Keep in mind these are just a few of the infinite reasons that some people fear success. Even though many of these concerns are not well-founded, the fear ends up causing you to do things you shouldn’t do (and not to do things you should), and you end up veering way off course.
Here are three ways you may be hindering yourself:
By not having a plan. Too many writers think inspiration will strike any day now, and from there the road to authorship will be smooth, paved, and well-lit. Unfortunately, inspiration rarely comes when you’re simply waiting for it.
By not starting. So you’ve got this great idea for a book. Start! But…but… No buts, start today! If you keep telling yourself you’ll write a book “someday,” that’s exactly when you’ll do it—and years from now, it will still be a vague pipe dream. What could be sexier than starting on your novel today?
By not finishing. You may just be the type of person who has no trouble starting, but then find yourself getting discouraged along the way when you’re not making as much progress as you’d like. But remember, it takes a while to lay the groundwork, a lesson I learned from a recent construction project near my home.
So what’s the solution?
Get started! Stay on course! Don’t give up!
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