How to Sustain Your Success
Have you ever achieved a great result and then a few weeks later wondered where it all went? Do you often experience peaks and troughs in your business, or find yourself constantly dealing with feast-or-famine in terms of the revenue you generate?
Success is great, but unfortunately it also comes with a certain amount of fear attached to it. What? That’s right. Sometimes it’s not failure we fear, but success. Here’s how the fear of success can sometimes manifest:
- You dismiss your success as “luck” or “coincidence”, and you diminish your role in achieving it.
- You tell yourself “it won’t last” and you start to anticipate how it’s all going to blow up in your face.
- You keep reaching for the next thing, so that you’re always striving and never arriving.
- You talk down your success, with the excuse of not wanting to make others feel bad.
The Universe has an uncanny way of taking us on our word, and in no time you will find yourself not following up on your ideas, taking your foot off the gas, or engaging in other forms of sabotaging behaviour.
You’ve earned your success. And yes, it does come with additional responsibilities, which can be scary. But if you want to keep moving forward, you need to sustain the level of success you’ve achieved and build on it.
- Celebrate your success! Savour it; you’ve worked hard to achieve it. Sure, there is always more to achieve and bigger dreams to dream, but pause for a moment to acknowledge how far you’ve come.
- Practice gratitude. Take a leaf out of Oprah’s book when she says: “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more.”
- Expect the best. Anticipating disaster is the best way to make sure it happens.
- Allow your light to shine. Your success inspires others; it helps them to see what’s possible.
It’s no fun to work hard and feel as if you never enjoy the fruits. Embrace each success, and you will continue to build more.