Author Lydia Johnson Meets with Credit Union Professionals to Talk About FEAR - False Evidence Appearing Real

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Author Lydia Johnson speaks to Credit Union professionals about what holds many of us back; it's usually ourselves, not circumstances, nor events, but most often ourselves, from great pleasures and successes.

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Fear, not circumstances, is the main obstacle preventing most people from achieving success, says business consultant Lydia Johnson, author of the bestselling self-help book The Jalapeño Handshake. Johnson recently shared her message at a meeting of employees of CUSource, a credit union service organization. “We most often resist making changes because of different types of fear,” Johnson said. She has issued a list of some of these fears, and tips for overcoming them.

Fear of change. Many people sabotage their own progress because they fear the changes that come with success. They’re afraid that a new situation may not be as comfortable as their current world. “Sell yourself on the benefits of a successful life,” recommends Johnson. “If you don’t want to focus on money or lifestyle, then think of the satisfaction achievement brings.”

Fear of the unknown. Some individuals experience fear because achieving success may put them into situations that they’ve never encountered. They may have new duties, meet new people – they might even be asked to give presentations. The dread of unfamiliar situations can create a huge drag on their momentum toward achieving success. To conquer this fear, Johnson recommends that individuals concentrate on their strengths. “You had to learn, grow and adapt to get to your present position,” Johnson says. “What qualities do you have that got you here?”

Fear of success. Paradoxically, many people who say they want to succeed are afraid of success. They have been programmed to fear that success will somehow “change” them, and to fear the type of person they might become if they are “successful.” Johnson emphasizes that those who stick to their core values do so regardless of the level of their success. “When you stay true to yourself, then you’re successful in the best sense of the word.”

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