Six Fears That Hold People Back


Fears can be a huge barrier to success

Fears can stop a person from their heart’s desire. They can make a person believe that they don’t have a chance to gain what they desire. For this reason, many won’t even try. Fear is a complex feeling. It’s cunning and very deep-seated. Fear is often subconscious and can often be so subtle that you don’t even recognize that fear is what is holding you back.

Here are 6 of the most common fears that people tend to have:

1. The fear of setting goals

The truth is, if you don’t take the time to set goals, then you can’t even begin to design a solid action plan in which to achieve what you are seeking to achieve. Without a plan, you’re simply hoping for the luck to win. This hope for luck isn’t a wise way to go.


All of this is a trickle-down effect because of fear of setting goals.

Failure to set goals results in the impossibility of creating a solid plan of action to achieve goals. With no plan, you’re not going to succeed.

2. The fear of failure

Too many people allow the fear of failure to disrupt their goals and plans. There are some important things to remember.

– The path to success is often littered with errors, mistakes, and failure. It simply goes with the territory.

– So what if you don’t succeed? Do you know what the consequences are for failure? Are they really that awful? Many who have the fear of failure don’t realize that the failure is negligible or at the most, a bit embarrassing, it may be a slight waste of time or resources, what’s the worse thing that can happen?

When seeking to get over the fear of failure, take a moment and ask yourself these questions:

What if I fail? What’s the worse thing that can happen?

Typically, not a lot, so go ahead and give it a try. Don’t let the fear of failure hold your success back.

3. The fear of asking for help

There are a lot of reasons that people don’t ask for help. They fear being rejected. They don’t want to look stupid, they are worried that it will make them look like they haven’t a clue.

The truth is, few people will achieve great success without the assistance and the support of others. Many people are happy to help if you just reach out and ask.

Many people hesitate to ask for help because they’re afraid they’ll be rejected. However, look at the various strategies and don’t hesitate to try some of the ideas.

Likely, there is more help than you realize at the ready, all you have to do is ask.


4. The fear of public speaking

At one point of time or another, many careers require public speaking or presentations. Especially if you’re working your way up through the corporate ladder. For many people, this is a huge fear. Many people state that they’d rather have a root canal than speak in public. While I’ve struggled with this, I now do so quite often and it’s not so bad.

There are a few things that you can do to alleviate your fear:

Practice just trying to sound natural.

Keep it simple, don’t use large words or terms.

Act confident from the moment you walk to the microphone. You’ve earned this.

Don’t stress about what you forgot to say, no one is going to notice it but you.

Don’t use notes unless you absolutely must.

5. The fear of looking stupid

Successfulness often requires us to go against the natural flow. You have to challenge the normal way of doing things and try something new. If it goes awry, it may draw ridicule from others.

Many people who are successful don’t care how stupid they look. They simply persist and get the last laugh.

Dare to be yourself and different. You may just find amazing success.

6. The fear of what others think

Many people have a huge desire to be accepted. This alone can cause a person to question and wonder what others may be thinking of them. Whether it be their business, plans or goals, a lot of people worry what others think. “What will the neighbors think?” “What will my church friends think?” there are a thousand “what wills…” that we worry about.

The truth of the matter is this. Most people are far too concerned about their own issues to worry about scrutinizing what everyone else is up to.

Besides, who really cares?

There are enough negative thoughts without having to worry about anyone else.

Stay focused on the goal and stop worrying about what other people think about the plan. If you focus on the right people, they’re going to be supportive of your goals and plan. You don’t need to pay attention to the others that are making you nervous.

Consider the value that you’re going to be bringing. Consider the results that you’re generating for your clients.

Be sure that you don’t sell yourself short.

Price your work accordingly so that you’re not losing hard earned money.

Consider the value that you’re going to be bringing. Consider the results that you’re generating for your clients. Be sure that you don’t sell yourself short. Price your work accordingly so that you’re not losing hard earned money.

While it may be easy to think that you’re indispensable, you’re not, ever. So do your best and find a way to cope. Remember, there will always be more opportunities.

As you overcome your fears, you’ll be more likely to overcome your obstacles and be more in control. It may not be easy, but you can do it. Fear is a deep-rooted feeling, but you can improve.

What fears impact your goals?

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