With being successful comes new responsibilities.  And with this comes the panic of how we will cope, how will we fit everything in? etc.  If we are truly going to be successful we are going to have to step outside our comfort zone and step up to the plate.

Maybe this has happened to you.  You are in a comfortable place right now where everything is manageable.  You can choose exactly what you want to do each day and it’s all a bit cosy.  And the thought of taking your business to the next level scares you.

If this sounds like you, it’s time to decide if you really want to take your business to the next level.

But how?

You need to go back to the beginning and decide what you really want in life.  What is your end dream?  Is it with a bigger business, having someone help with the organisation and admin and with a bigger income?  Or is it staying at a comfortable level working alone a few hours each week.

How do both of the scenarios make you feel?

If you want the big bucks but it makes you scared, you are going to have to learn how to step out of your comfort zone. The first thing is to plan.  How are you going to scale up and cope with more clients?  What hours are you going to work?  What help will you need?

By having a plan you start to take control.  The fear of success usually comes from a feeling of being out of control and your business running away from you.

You may also be feeling aware that as your business grows,  you become more visible and people expect more from you.  Your responsibilities grow.  This is why it’s important to plan your business growth and to take it slowly so you don’t suddenly have a shock to the system which you can’t cope with.

Think of famous people who have suddenly become overnight successes who simply weren’t ready for it.  They didn’t last long as they weren’t prepared.  They weren’t ready for the increased public scrutiny, the lack of privacy and lifestyle change.

Think about what you fear if you really hit those heights of success.  How are they going to impact your life and then think about how you can cope with these?  What plans can you put in place along the way to deal with these changes?  Would you take on an assistant to help you with planning retreats and organising your diary?  Would you collaborate with someone else in your field to take some of the pressure of yourself?  Would you hire a childminder to help with the children.

Take time to think all these areas through so, as I’ve said previously, you are prepared and have a plan in place to deal with each thing as it comes along.

Also, make sure you surround yourself with positive people and those who have already gone through what you are facing.  Use them as a sounding board and to get advice.  Keep in mind the incredible talent you have and how you are helping so many more people by growing your business and use this to get excited.

The fear of success is all part of the journey.  Embrace it, learn from it and enjoy it.

Take a look at the process of transition chart below.  I bet you can immediately identify which stage you are at.  Know that this is a natural part of the process, be prepared for the next stages but keep your eye on the end destination.

You are amazing lovely lady.  Keep going.

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