Stop sabotaging Your Success: How to Achieve Success Now!

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We have a burning desire to have a wonderful relationship, successful career, and wonderful life, yet whether it’s a tiny daily habit like procrastination or a complete and intentional action, we sabotage our success. Many of us have done this.

Fear of Success Or Fear of Failure?

Whether we chose or not to admit it, we have fears. With success comes responsibilities. Will we have to live up to an expectation we can’t reach? Will we have to step outside our comfort zone? Will we be expected to learn something new? Will we be able to afford what’s coming? Will we have the wisdom, confidence, wherewithal, etc. to take on the dream?

Fears. All fears swirl around in our heads. These fears lead to either a charge of excitement for the unknown or a feeling that you have what it takes to fulfill your end of the bargain to make a success of your dreams. Or do you find yourself with cold feet running in the opposite direction?

Sabotaging success is common and nothing to be ashamed of.

Some may think this is a fear of failure when it is, in actuality, fear of success. Crazy, right?! But it’s true. If we take a deep dive into what we are doing to keep ourselves from taking steps toward success, it may not be failure that we fear.

Many of us fear the unknown and the more real something becomes, the heaviness of responsibility sets in. Do you freeze? Do you run away? Do you avoid it?

Diving into Self-Sabotage:

I get a lot of raised eyebrows when I say: Most people think of self-demolition as fear of success. But deep down, despair over achievements isn’t truly a fear of ambition and your own worth — it’s a fear of trying one’s best and not succeeding, of being let down and publicly humiliated as we worry that our best might not be good enough.

-Ellen Hendriksen, Ph.D., Psychology Today

Evaluating and addressing the root issues and fears we have around success that lead to self-sabotage is essential for tackling it head-on and stopping self-sabotaging.

Joy, fulfillment, and sharing your greatest gifts with the world are what you are here to do. Inspiring others and motivating them through your achievements are additional rewards reaped when you are enjoying success at the highest level. Let’s not forget personal satisfaction, confidence, and experiencing a positive outlook on life! These are yet more benefits to achieving success.

Did you gain insight into self-sabotaging your success? Please share them with us in the comments section below. 

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*Adapted from an original post published on March 3, 2019.

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