Avoiding Self-Sabotage to Achieve Success

Facilitated by Joshua Perkey

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Self-Sabotage vs. Success

• Self-sabotage stems from a sense of overwhelm or doubt that arises from writer critique groups, previous experiences, the stories we tell ourselves, etc.
• The feedback and conflict present in the publishing process continue throughout our careers in the industry, even after years in the career. Feelings of overwhelm and doubt are natural.
• We can implement strategies to successfully deal with overwhelm and doubt to avoid self-sabotage.
• Success is determined by YOU, just as self-sabotage is. We can be successful despite factors in our environment that we can’t control.

Trust vs. Challenge

• We can trust or challenge an environment we don’t have control over.
• We get to describe what success looks like and how it feels.
• Trust: Confidence, faith, and hope.
• Challenge: Doubt, fear, and mistrust.
• When our trust circle is bigger, our success, hope, and faith circles get bigger and we can reach other people faster and give energy to others. We can connect to creativity better.
• Both trust and challenge are choices. We choose how we respond.
• Our perceptions and personal stories inform how we interpret current experiences—whether we view them as positive or negative.
• We can work to make the choice to trust more natural by rewriting the stories we tell ourselves.

Declarations and Visions

• How do you describe yourself/talk about yourself to yourself and others? Positive or negative?
• Choosing to view yourself in a positive way will elevate you in every way—relationships, energy, creativity, etc.
• Declarations are statements of what we believe, help us upgrade our lives.
• Examples: YW theme, Pledge of Allegiance
• Declaration example: I am a gifted and talented writer and editor.
• Declarations teach your brain to accept a higher level of self. They’re perception expressions.
• Vision is the visual image in your mind about what you and God want you to be.