#120: The Fear of Success

We often talk about the fear of failure, but we rarely consider the fear of success, which can be just as paralyzing. When a podcast listener asked if I’d address this, I wanted to know more. She shared that she’s been using the Life & Law Planner™ and is now on track to reach her goals. Which is great, right? But the thought of reaching her goals is scaring her. She asked, “How do I deal with this fear?” I absolutely love this topic and can’t wait to dig in!

Things you’ll learn in this episode:

  • Why we feel uncomfortable with too much happiness and success and start to assume something bad is about to happen
  • What it means to hit an upper limit and the ways in which we self-sabotage our growth
  • How success can create tension in our relationships or otherwise require us to show up in a new way
  • What to do when you feel fear and anxiety related to your growth and success potential

Links Mentioned:


The Big Leap by Gay Hendricks


Year Of Yes by Shonda Rhimes


Alter Ego Effect by Todd Herman


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Professional Bio

Heather Joy Hubbard is an attorney, speaker, author, and strategic coach. Through her personal and professional development company, she helps attorneys reduce stress, manage priorities, and build a book of business. Prior to her work helping professionals find more balance and success, Heather was a partner and practice group leader at an AmLaw 200 firm. She has been recognized by Best Lawyers in America in the areas of Copyright, Trademark, Intellectual Property Litigation and Patent Litigation, Mid-South SuperLawyers, Benchmark Litigation and Managing IP Stars. She was also named one of Nashville's Top 40 under 40 by the Nashville Business Journal. Heather graduated  summa cum laude   from the University of Louisville and received her  juris doctorate  from Vanderbilt University Law School.

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