LISTEN: Overcome Fear of Success, Part 1 (Get Things Done! #24 with Daniel Whyte III)

Daniel Whyte III
Daniel Whyte III

The simple purpose of this podcast is to help you get things done every day so that you can accomplish something worthwhile with your life. I am a firm believer that God has put each person on earth to do something great for His glory.

Proverbs 12:11 says: “He that tilleth his land shall be satisfied with bread: but he that followeth vain persons is void of understanding.”

Our quote for today is from Thomas Edison. He said: “Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”

Today, in the Get Things Done podcast we are beginning a new series titled, “Overcome Fear of Success”. Edwin Bliss writes:

It sounds a bit far-fetched that people would dread success, but millions do. They have a secret determination to fail, and they are invariably successful — that is, successful in their effort to fail.

— But the idea is ridiculous. If you didn’t want to reach your goal why would you establish it? Why would anyone attempt to do anything and sabotage his own effort by trying to fail?

Because human beings don’t always behave rationally, that’s why. Contradictory as the term sounds, the fear of success is a common component of the human psyche and a frequent cause of procrastination.

The reason this phenomenon is hard to accept is that it’s not only irrational, it’s hidden, even from the person involved. It’s a function of the subconscious. For a variety of reasons, our subconscious mind may rebel at the commands we give it, preventing us from getting around to things we had intended to do.

Thus, when you analyze the real reason behind your procrastination, as we recommended earlier, you may wind up putting your problem into a pigeonhole marked Fear of Success. In other words, it isn’t the actual doing of the task which you dread — it’s the result of getting it done.

Daniel Whyte III has spoken in meetings across the United States and in over twenty-five foreign countries. He is the author of over forty books. He is also the president of Gospel Light Society International, a worldwide evangelistic ministry that reaches thousands with the Gospel each week, as well as president of Torch Ministries International, a Christian literature ministry which publishes a monthly magazine called The Torch Leader. He is heard by thousands each week on his radio broadcasts/podcasts, which include: The Prayer Motivator Devotional, The Prayer Motivator Minute, as well as Gospel Light Minute X, the Gospel Light Minute, the Sunday Evening Evangelistic Message, the Prophet Daniel’s Report, the Second Coming Watch Update and the Soul-Winning Motivator, among others. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology from Bethany Divinity College, a Bachelor’s degree in Religion from Texas Wesleyan University, a Master’s degree in Religion, a Master of Divinity degree, and a Master of Theology degree from Liberty University School of Divinity. He has been married to the former Meriqua Althea Dixon, of Christiana, Jamaica for over twenty-seven years. God has blessed their union with seven children. Find out more at Follow Daniel Whyte III on Twitter @prophetdaniel3 or on Facebook.

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