Fear of Success or Fear of Failure?

Which is it?

Not that it really matters. The result is the same. Self-sabotage.

This morning I asked myself, what is going on?  What is this heavy wet blanket weighing me down? I haven’t felt like writing in a while and usually, I can’t wait to be alone with my laptop. My mood has been yucky. Annie, my mare, who almost always cheers me up, hasn’t had a visit from me in weeks. It’s like I’m avoiding her. I haven’t lost weight but I haven’t gained either so why do I feel like a fat pig?

Fear of Success or Fear of Failure

Can I blame the weather? Sure, why not! If it snows any more I think I’ll scream.

No. Too easy and not constructive.

Here’s the thing. My life is going great. I have work that I love. I could be busier but I’m maintaining. My family is thriving…

In fact, lately the traffic on this blog and my website has increased dramatically and that’s good right?

Fear of Success

So when I asked myself, why do I feel like my feet are set in cement? A tiny little voice replied: “You’re afraid of success.”



Oh my God, that’s it. Whenever I get close to achieving my goals for success I choke. It’s a sick way of acting out low self-esteem. It’s saying “I’m not worthy of this good fortune so I need to make it stop!” Twisted, stinkin’ thinkin’.

Enough! No more meek, cowardly, hiding from the limelight. No more running away from the attention. Why do we have goals if not to enjoy them when they are reached? I’m a big girl, I can take it.

Now I feel better, more myself, thank God. And that’s another thing. Skulking away from success is like throwing a gift from God back in her face, isn’t it? So today I say thank you, thank you, dear God, for allowing me to reach out and share what I know in hopes of supporting others in their journey. I won’t let us down.

Elvira G. Aletta, PhD, Founder & CEO

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Life gave Dr. Aletta the opportunity to know what it’s like to hurt physically and emotionally. After an episode of serious depression in her mid-twenties, Dr. Aletta was diagnosed with a rare kidney disease that relapsed throughout her adulthood. While treatable, the cure was often as hard to bear as the disease. Later she was diagnosed with scleroderma, another chronic illness.

Throughout, Dr. Aletta battled with anxiety. Despite all this, Dr. Aletta wants you to know, you can learn to engage in life again on your terms.

Good therapy helped Dr. Aletta. She knows good therapy can help you. That’s why she created Explore What’s Next.

Today Dr. Aletta enjoys mentoring the EWN therapists, focusing on coaching and psychotherapy clients, writing and speaking. She is proud and confident that Explore What’s Next can provide you with therapists who will help you regain a sense of safety, control and joy.

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