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Sabotaging Success, but to What End?

Posted By: wbhazel1 on October 11, 2011 at 2:29 pm

This article written by Dr. Richard A. Friedman, MD and published in The New York Times covers a phenomenon which we in the helping professions see all the time. There are individuals who appear by all accounts to study and work very hard to achieve a measure of success only to sabotage it prior to reaching that all elusive goal of success. Many opine that it is due to a fear of success or the unshakable sense that they are not worthy. We probably all know people who play this role out in life, not just our clients, patients or consumers but our family members, neighbors, friends or colleagues. Is it us?

Books, professional journals and magazine articles are all written and read to examine and dissect the self fulfilling prophecy of failure. My viewpoint on human behavior is quite simple: All behavior serves a purpose and provides a sense of satisfaction. If a behavior provides no reward people simply stop doing it.

The task of us helping professionals is to find out what it is that people want and help them achieve it. If their stated position does not equal their demonstrated behavior then something must change. This is in large part the philosophy which supports most therapies. Cognitive behavioral therapy for example is based on the simple premise “change the viewing and you’ll change the doing”. Enjoy the article.

Sabotaging Success, but to What End?

How to not sabotage success

Trent Nelson of Infinite Healing discusses how to not sabotage yourself when you have success in your life.

Darryl Cross – Self Sabotage

Learn to stop self sabotage @ www.HowToStopSelfSabotage.com

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