The path to success is winding, riddled with ups and downs, and overcoming obstacles of uncertainty and fear. The high achievers and most successful people take on these obstacles head-on and do not let their uncertainty of a new challenge or venture hold them back from what they want to do. As a leader, the biggest thing holding you back from your professional or personal goals is fear. To be successful, you need to be brave. There are specifically five fears holding you back from being a successful leader.  

Feeling uncertain
Don’t be afraid of the unknown and to explore a path less taken. Those who are successful fully embrace uncertainty because they understand the unknown leaves opportunity for new ideas. Sticking to your business or financial plan isn’t always going to be easy and there are always going to be hiccups. These hiccups may actually be the key to finding an even better plan for your end goals

Making a mistake
It’s easy to get caught up in the fear of doing something wrong or being wrong. If you want to be successful, do not get caught up in who is right and who is wrong. Focus on what leads to results. Being wrong and making a mistake happens–learn from it.

Facing change
Change is inevitable and can be scary, but it’s also empowering. Don’t be afraid to deviate your plans. Curveballs are going to happen, and much like feeling uncertain, embracing change can help you to find an undiscovered solution. Successful people explore the uneasiness of change and how they can benefit from it.

Being judged
Seeking approval from others’ is often our greatest downfall. In order to find success, you need to have confidence in your leadership and not seek approval of others. A lot of the time, a person’s judgment or criticism has nothing to do with you. Often, it’s tied to their own securities. Be secure within yourself to overcome judgement and become a confident leader.

Hearing criticism
Although there are some judgments from other’s you have to get passed, other’s offer criticism that can be beneficial to you and your goals. Be confident in your decisions, but also learn from constructive criticism. If you want to be successful, you need to ask people for their advice and opinion. When taking in feedback, actively listen and commit to correcting your course of action.

Becoming a successful leader takes bravery. Fears can easily hold you back and keep you from your goals. These fears are all a mindset–an obstacle waiting to be overcome. Embracing uncertainty and change will help you face these fears with confidence and shatter the mindset that’s been holding you back.