Are You Worthy of Success? How to Stop Standing in Your Own Way
We know that people who have enough ambition, the right connections and just plain luck can achieve success. But what are some underlying attributes that propel them into the direction they want to go?
Success can be measured in a variety of ways, and your definition of what you want out of life will not be the same as anyone else’s.
Whether you want to earn a college degree, get promoted in your job or change your career path entirely, take comfort in knowing that millions of people are in the same boat. Just don’t let the waves of self-doubt get you down in the process.
1. Believe you are worthy of success.
In her famous TED Talk, The Power of Vulnerability, Brené Brown suggests that the only difference between people who have a strong sense of love and belonging and people who struggle for it is that they believe they are worthy of it.
Unfortunately, we live in a society where it is socially acceptable to be self-deprecating and negative toward ourselves in order to win favor with others. While this is fine to do in jest, it should not be a permanent lens through which we see ourselves.
Anyone who has tried to achieve something difficult in their lives has had to grapple with their own feelings of not being worthy of that success. People achieve greatness when they push aside their feelings of inadequacy and act on the notion that they are deserving of everything life has to offer.
2. Don’t get too comfortable.
Think of all the people you know who are perfectly content with their lot in life and aren’t making any strides to improve their situation or achieve greater success.
Being content is not the worst thing in the world, but when you never try to achieve more or reach higher, you’re essentially giving up. You’re telling yourself and the world that this is all you can and will ever be and that you’ve reached the extent of your potential in life. And that is a lie.
Inspirational guru Anthony Robbins emphasized this point on his blog, saying: “Comfort can be a disastrous emotion because when we get too comfortable, we stop growing, creating, sharing and adding value. The key to managing complacency is to stay focused on your vision and make sure you don’t ‘major in minor things.'”
3. Embrace your potential.
Tapping into our own potential can be scary at first, because it confronts us head-on with our own shortcomings. It’s like taking a magnifying glass to what we can and cannot do, and we can easily get discouraged when what we realize how far we have to go in reaching our goals.
But it is this type of self-awareness that is crucial in helping us pinpoint where we are right now and where we ultimately want to end up.
When we accept our limitations and view them objectively, we can start working to make them strengths instead of weaknesses.
As Winston Churchill said, “Continuous effort—not strength or intelligence—is the key to unlocking our potential.”
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