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3 Choices You'll Regret Making a Decade From Now (They'll Affect Your Success and Happiness)

Quieting your curiosity

Don't de-prioritize your curiosity. Never be satisfied that you know enough. 

Grow to think of curiosity as a value, a virtue.

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3 Choices You'll Regret Making a Decade From Now (They'll Affect Your Success and Happiness)

3 Choices You'll Regret Making a Decade From Now (They'll Affect Your Success and Happiness)

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Fear born out of practicality

We sometimes give in to fear disguised as practicality.

Replace "I'd love to, but..." with "I'm going to, and...". The worst that can happen is most likely manageable and nowhere close to living with never having tried.

The "good enough" narrative

Don't settle for good enough, for the " I hate my job but it makes great money, I provide for my family and I can save for retirement".

Don't ignore the call for greatness, whatever greatness means to you.

Quieting your curiosity

Don't de-prioritize your curiosity. Never be satisfied that you know enough. 

Grow to think of curiosity as a value, a virtue.

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Step away from the problem

Distancing yourself from a problem can help you face it in a more objective way. 

Instead of remaining in your own frame of mind, consider yourself as an outside observer, such as a friend giving advice or a fly on the wall. Removing yourself in this way helps you filter out some of your cognitive biases and lean you toward a more rational decision.

Give yourself some time

Accuracy and reliability in decision making tends to increase if you first give yourself some time to decompress and collect yourself.

This may also help you remove yourself from the problem, knocking out two of these strategies at a time.

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Fear of success

It's a very real but often misunderstood struggle. The key thing to realize is that, in most cases, the fear is about the consequences of success, not the success itself. 

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What fear of success looks like
  • Fear of success usually doesn’t mean a literal fear of success. People fear the results and consequences of making lots of money, for example, not the money itself.
  • Fear of success is often learned at a young age.
  • Fear of success is maintained (and made worse) by avoidance.
  • Fear of success is painful. It brings a lot of anxiety.
  • Most people who are afraid of success are embarrassed by their fear.
Work through your fear of success
  • Validate your fear of success by understanding its origins.
  • Track your avoidance strategies related to fear of success.
  • Face your fears of success (the smart way).
  • Get professional help from a cognitive behavioral therapist.