Fear of Failure or Fear of Success?

I often wondered why people who are talented in a specific area won’t share their talent with others. I would encourage them to share their talents and gifts by saying, “Someone needs to hear that…” The person would humbly smile but would still maintain the secret of their talent. If they would share it, it was with a only select few.

Most success gurus say that those who don’t or won’t share their talents/gifts are afraid of failure but I believe that what they are really afraid of is success. You are probably thinking, “why would anyone be afraid of success.” If someone is talented in a specific area that means that they have experienced some level of approval from someone somewhere to confirm their ability. They have a point of reference to say that they can do it. The problem comes when they allow the lies of the devil to tell them that it can’t happen again. That is fear of Success.

Fear of failure assumes that something was never done in any form and all attempts will fail. Fear of success assumes that something that has been done cannot be repeated. Fear of success assumes that any level of success was a fluke and so we don’t try. We forget the truth of God’s Word that tells us in Philippians 1:6b, “that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ.” That means that repetitive success is possible. So whether it’s grades, writing, a healthy relationship, singing, parenting, your marriage or whatever gift/talent you can have repetitive success because it’s already in you.

Here’s to just another day’s journey of beating the fear of success. Peace.

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2 Responses to Fear of Failure or Fear of Success?

  1. jaysquires says:

    Interesting, thought provoking. Yes, you have to examine yourself closely to know which fear you is scrunching up your soul. Good illustration, Michelle.

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