What If I'm Successful?

By Melanie Spring

Entrepreneurs are known for being risk-takers. We jump in with both feet knowing we could fail. And when we do fail, it doesn’t keep us from jumping in with both feet again. There is no fear of failure. Failure just means we need to try something different.

Fear of success? Now THAT'S the doozy.

Working with entrepreneurs of all ages, backgrounds, and skills over the years, I’ve found there’s only one thing standing in the way of our success. Can you guess what it is? Point at yourself. It’s you. It’s me. It’s us.

We set deadlines, create to-do lists, write marketing plans, network like crazy, and tell people about our incredible ideas. Nothing else is in the way of getting us to where we want to go, except self-sabotage. Those pesky excuses we create out of thin air about why we didn’t do the work to be the success we know we could be. The excuses about why mediocre is good enough. Or that perfection has to be achieved before we can do something. Or about why the big huge goal we set is just too big.

The person who created the fake list of excuses is the person standing in our way. We can’t blame our families, our upbringing, our spouses, our kids, our circumstances, or our clients. It’s our fault, not theirs. It’s not because we can’t do the big thing - it’s just because we are afraid of the results.

So, what if you ARE successful? You might make a huge difference? Sounds terrible. Oh, not so terrible, huh? Because making a huge difference is what you’re meant to do - what you were created to do - why you were put on this earth. Even if it’s a huge difference in one person’s life.

And I’m pointing at myself while I write this. As I’ve been transitioning my own business over the last two years, I’ve watched others do this and then realized that I too have been putting off the inevitable change. I’ve made excuses. Caused distractions. Staged events that would get in the way of success.

Because I’m terrified of success. Of the overwhelming amount of lives I can change because I have that power inside of me. (WHAT?! That sounds really stupid as I type it.) I know my calling is to make sure your calling is what supports you. Hang on - I KNOW my calling. I’m not searching for it, I know what it is. And it’s not just helping one or two people. It’s helping millions of people. The impact could go way further than my lifetime. IF I wasn’t so afraid.

So, what if I’m successful? The world might be just that much sweeter because there are other humans out there who are doing what they’re called to do while supporting themselves and helping others. Sounds horrible, huh?

Ask yourself the same questions I’ve been asking myself:

  1. Why am I standing in my own way?
  2. What does success look like to me?
  3. What happens when I am successful?

Because you will be successful if you decide you’re going to be. Get out of your own way and quit with the excuses. I’ll do it with you.