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You did it. You made it. You accomplished that thing.
There were times you struggled, and times you had to press through adversity.
You created, edited, designed, wrote, sold, presented, leveled up, shipped…
There was a moment of success.
It felt good.
But other feelings try to displace the good.
The Post Success Doubt.
“Maybe you were just lucky this time.”
“Well that was okay, but it could have been better.”
And the worst one…
“That was success for you, but look at that other person and how much more successful they are.”
Suddenly those positives surrounding your success are overrun. The positives didn’t stand a chance against those invading thoughts.
So what can we do?
Know that this doubt exists. This doubt can arrive after the rush (and good feelings) of success. It is much easier to create a defense if you know the potential attack exists.
Learn to pause and document your success. For me I like to write down what it was and the outcome. This provides me with written evidence to combat the doubt. If nothing else, I point to the page and say “see.” Don’t let that doubt discount you and what you did.
Celebrate your success. We tend to move from project to project, from task to task without taking time to acknowledge and celebrate our success. It also helps to celebrate with someone close.
(Helpful tip to those listening to someone’s success: listen well with your face, focus on what they are saying, and celebrate with them. This is not a great time to switch to your things, or make suggestions on how they could have been better, or worse yet, don’t give them the whole, “you should be humble” speech. There is enough false humility conversations robbing folks of celebrating their success.)
Your success is real. It takes effort and risk to create and bring things into this world. Let’s not allow the Post Success Doubt to take away from your success.
If you need someone to celebrate your success, we are all here waiting to hear from you and we will celebrate together.