On one of my journeys across the web, I ran across an article that talked about the fear of success. The article spoke about responsibility was a prerequisite for becoming successful and how they had to overcome not wanting others to be dependent on them before they could reach success. After reading this it struck me as this dependence can often cause a fear of success in people who work from home; but in a different way.
When you work from home, in most cases, you aren’t dependent on anyone but yourself. You are the boss, chief cook and bottle washer. All of the duties of the day are on you and you alone. If your business succeeds, or fails, you have no one to blame but yourself. When you work outside of the home, you normally have an office, or other establishments, full of people that help share your workload—at least to some degree. Make no mistake, you can succeed or fail at a “normal” 9 to 5 job; however, your success, or failure, may also depend on other people.
When you work from home, you know that you need to work hard to become successful. You are the only one controlling that factor and it is up to you to make it happen. This can be a frightening realization. If you are struggling with the fear of success, try to remember why you wanted to work from home in the first place. Was it to be there for your children? Were you seeking more freedom to do what you wanted to do? Are you caring for elderly relatives? Maybe you wanted to leave your mark on the world. These are the things you need to think about when that fear of success creeps in—your reasons for starting this journey in the first place.
For me, it was the need to be home with my children. I wanted to be there when they were little to help them learn and I wanted to be the person to pick them up from school and who they spent their evenings with. This was my reason for wanting to be successful; and it was enough to combat any fear of success that crept into my mind.
What is your reason for wanting to work from home?