People Fear Big Success… not Failure

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The 2012 Wimbledon Final is tomorrow July 8, 2012. Wimbledon is arguably the most prestigious and coveted tennis trophy in the world. The title contenders are the Swiss great Roger Federer and the Scotsman Andy Murray.

Federer has the opportunity to claim his 7th Wimbledon title and regain his #1 ranking. Murray is the first Brit to appear in the Final in 74 years and a whole nation is rooting for him.

Right now, somewhere in London, Federer and Murray are relaxing and anticipating tomorrow’s big match. While they wait, every major newspaper, TV channel and website around the world is talking about them.

Wow, what pressure… this is the biggest stage.

Most of us ask for success in some form but subconsciously big success scares us to death. We believe that it’s because we are afraid to fail that many of us don’t even attempt anything. But no, we are afraid of the big success on the big stage and the daily scrutiny that comes with it.

So we take our natural talents and hide them under a rock. We’re too shy, too timid to speak up and express our gifts. We never try to raise our heads too high above the crowd. We stay hidden in the crowd. Never trying to draw too much attention to ourselves.

Be honest. Look within. This fear of big success is there. When we acknowledge and expose a fear, it begins to dissolve away naturally. It dissolves away because it’s not real. It’s an illusion.

We were born big successes but we were convinced by society that we should be small. We’re just taking back who we are. It’s not an achievement. It’s our innate being.

So be big. Don’t hide away. Don’t be shy. Express yourself. And maybe one day, you’ll be reading about yourself in the newspaper.

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