Have You Ever Experienced…Success LetDown?

Have you missed me?  I’ve been inconsistent in my blog posts and now that I’ve figured out why, I will be able to remedy this problem so it doesn’t happen again.  I was experiencing success let down…that feeling of low energy that occurs just after completing a very large and exciting project.  (for me is was the completion of my manuscript- more on that another time)

Have you ever gone through success let down??  Here’s how it works and how to avoid it.

Picture it…you set an extreme goal; you work hard; you sleep less; you go over and above; and you achieve your goal.  What happens next?  For many there is a period of let down. After accomplishing a great success people can become ill, lose their motivation, and even experience depression.  It happens to athletes, scholars, and business people alike.  Anyone with a high success drive.

Want to achieve greatness without the roller coaster ride??  Here’s how:

  1. Be grateful for your blessings and the ability to realize your dreams.
  2. Give yourself credit for being part of the minority that works hard enough to get to these emotional highs.
  3. Expect a certain degree of emotional lows to follow.  Managing your expectations is half the battle.
  4. Make sleep and healthy eating a priority when working on a big project.
  5. Plan for downtime after each success.  Treat yourself to a massage, dinner out, or even a vacation if the success is large enough to warrant it.
  6. Know what your stress reducers are and do them often- read, exercise, hike, meditate, whatever works for you.
  7. Allow yourself a certain amount of this downtime (let’s say a week) then plan another small project to get your mind and motivation back in action.

Remember the high school jock that was on top of the world “in the day” and surprised you with their lack of accomplishment at the last reunion?  This is what can happen if you don’t properly handle success let down. You can end up spending too much time looking back.  Revel in the present. And act on the future you desire.

Use this process to appreciate your triumphs, travel through let down with ease, and move on to bigger and better opportunities.

Action Step:  Figure out where you are in the progression.  Are you working hard to achieve a great success?  Then focus on staying healthy.  Are you in the thick of it? Then be grateful for and manage your expectations by understanding the cyclical nature of needing that downtime.  Have you spent too much time in the ‘let down’? Then choose one energy giving activity to indulge in and make plans for your next big thing!


About FindYourFire

Writer, speaker, and life coach Heather O'Neill is president of Progressive Image and creator of the Fire in Five program...helping people reconnect and find the joy in their lives.
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