The Fear to Succeed

So often we don’t start a project because we are afraid of failing. We are afraid of being questioned even before we started or before a result is shown. We are afraid of being criticised about how we do it or even THAT we do it. We are afraid that people are making fun of us because we are doing something they might have never dared to do. Or we are afraid because our project also means showing a part of our inner being, of the real person. But there comes a time when all these fears are not strong enough anymore to keep us from going for our dream. They cannot keep us from stepping out of our comfort zone anymore. We are full of excitement and enthusiasm and yes, we try it with all our heart and passion. And then it happens…. the door opens up!

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Here is one example of my life that is one the most remarkable because it was one of the earliest of such experiences.

Many of you know that only 7 – 8 years back I would had never dared to talk in front of people, to share my own thoughts, to stand tall for what I believe in even when no one else believed in it. I would have never dared to say something at all without checking before if there are some who would agree with what I say.Β Otherwise, I said nothing at all. Then I had my breakthrough 7 years back. I only need to think of that moment and my eyes get watery because I will never forget that feeling of breaking down the walls of my prison.


Here I was, standing in myΒ full light. That light made me see immediately where my path led and I started writing I’m Free – Awareness of Who You Are by Discovering Who You Are Not. I did not know nor did I want to think too far ahead if that book would ever be published but deep inside I knew exactly that this was the journey I was on and the destination I headed towards. When I was done with the manuscript, had given it to others for proofreading, and worked over it again, I felt ready to try something that felt simply impossible to me only 2 years before. I dialed the number of a publisher in order to ask if I may send them some excerpts. They accepted…… and I was full of fear!

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but it was just too funny not to add…πŸ˜„)

Was I afraid that they wouldn’t like it? No, I was terrified that they would love it! The light definitely illuminated my path. It showed me all the things that are now coming my way and I felt overwhelmed in both positive and fearful ways. Can I handle this all? I could be taken serious! But I was not used to it! I might have to speak about all the things I believe in and what I saw as blessings in life for everyone. But was I ready to do so? I have always dreamed about it but….. HELP…. it works out!!! I felt like losing control over the developments.


Thanks toΒ my ego pride (yes, the ego can be very helpful) there was no way back…Β I had given myself a promise to never ever return to my old prison. And that means that I need to let my light shine in order to see the path… step by step! As you know, they accepted and my blog only exists because of the English version which was published two years after the release of the German book. Meanwhile, I have given several lectures, have written for newspapers and have even given 3 English live radio interviews. I accept right away because I never want to give my brain the time to block the plans of my soul. I feel where I have to go and I will never stop following that inner feeling. Did get used to my light? No, not at all! It feels as if I discovered it every day anew. It is a bit scary…. but much more wonderful to see that the world stands wide open to me!


Sometimes we go for something and don’t really consider it to work out. We do it in order to grant our soul its peace because then we can say that we tried it. Even bigger is the surprise (or the shock) when it works. And it scares a bit more because we feel mentally unprepared. Nothing stays the same anymore. But when things are going smoothly then it is the proof that it is your path and your time- whether your mind is believing it or not.


When we are not used to the bright shine of our light we can be shocked and scared by its immense creative power. The light that we are is pure creative energy. When we let our light shine and only then take action we are on our path and that path will always – all life long – lead to new places. Because we are meant to grow. We are meant to evolve. We are meant to LIVE! It is ok, to be irritated by your light because it is the most amazing power and it is even living within you. But never be scared of it. Trust, that it will always illuminate the path your soul chose way before it came into this body in order to fulfill its plan and give your life the sense and meaning you long for. Your soul is nothing else but a peace of the Almighty.

So when you let your light shine, God shines through you.
That is what the world needs so badly.Β 


In Love and Light

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The purpose of my blog is to inspire and shine a light on the beauty and power of the wonderful being inside your body. You came into this world to share what only you can give. Remember who you really are, conquer the world the way you always wanted to, and become the blessing to us all that you were meant to be.


Exactly what I needed to read today. I have been doubting some future plans I made, and now, I can really give them the time they deserve. Thank you, Erika, for always bringing light into my day πŸ™‚

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Awesome! I am so happy that one came just at the right time to give you that necessary conviction that things are well and just need to get time for unfolding. I wish you a wonderful day and hug you strongly, Dorinda πŸ’–

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That quote is one of the most amazing I have ever heard. It is so very true! I am glad you noticed it. It is so profound! Because when we are powerful and things work out then we need to take responsibility for our lives… and that can be scary!

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To me it shows what someone needs to do, even before the success. First, don’t be scared of the dark as a metaphor for moving forward. As the thing you were scared of goes away with illumination. Second, as you become successful, you must pay your bills, so you will worry more about paying for that illumination. You will ask yourself, what do I need to illuminate as it costs money. VP Joe Biden had a great line from his Dad – if everything is important, nothing is important. So, where do you want to focus? Good post, Keith

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Ah, you meant that quote! Sorry, I misunderstood. Yes, right! I wondered if that was recognized. I loved the metaphor and the humorous side in it. You totally saw that irony but also the meaning behind it! You explained that fabulous: Don’t be scared by the darkness and then don’t be scared by what comes with your light when dreams come true. Joe Bidon’s quote is fantastic too. Yes, when everything is important, so nothing stands out anymore. Awesome!!! I love your comments, Keith! Thank you so much 😊

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Very thought-provoking, my friend. I admit it… I’m afraid of success. The light is inside me, and yet I’m scared to let it shine. Why? Failure, I guess. But If I don’t step out of my comfort zone, I’ll never truly experience what a beautiful feeling this could be!

As you say, ‘won’t be easy, but it will be worth it!’ – I’m going feel the fear, and let my light shine! πŸ™‚

Thanks for the inspiring words, Erika! ❀️

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Yes, that is the point, Amanda! We are feeling the light and oh how beautiful would it be to let it shine… but…. what if it won’t work out? Or what if it works out? If it won’t work out…. there frustration and embarrassment. If it works out…. there is the fear to enter a world we don’t know yet and what if we fail after entering? But as long as we don’t stop letting fear control our actions, our decisions, heck our life, it will be even more frustrating because we let fear win. It is normal to feel scared when starting something new because you don’t have any experience and don’t know what might come. But that doesn’t mean that you it won’t work great. We really should at least try it and risk the success! Believe me, I am still scared when I try something new, but I got used to it and I refuse to let fear direct me! Happened far too long!
Thank you so much reading and for leaving such a really great and open comment, Amanda! I am sure that many feel exactly like you…. I can relate so well to your words! πŸ’–


There is a quote about change: “All changes, even the most longed for, have their melancholy; for what we leave behind us is a part of ourselves; we must die to one life before we can enter another.” – Anatole France
It just came to my mind. I think that is another aspect on that topic! We both can relate ot it very well, but we would never let us stop from keeping up the direction, right? πŸ’–


Brilliant Erika. Some related quotes come to mind:

“If you have nothing to lose, and everything to gain…. do it!”

“If the worse case scenario is that nothing changes…. then go for it because you cannot lose!”

“Once you have made a decision, give it 110%. If it was a bad decision, you might just turn it into a good one. If it was a good decision to start with, you might just turn it into an excellent one. If it was an excellent decision to start with, then your sky is your limit!”

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Wow, all fantastic quotes! They say it all! What can go wrong if you succeed…. only a change for the better! Thank you very much, Colin! I love the quotes!


Absolutely right! What is the problem? Often we simply look out more for reasons why something does not work out than for reasons it might work out! The human mind is weird! When there is a 50% chance that it won’t work there is also a 50% chance it can work. And even when there is only a 10% chance it is worth to at least try it!!!

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