Have you seen the movie Perks of Being a Wallflower? There was a line in the movie that still resonates with me: “We accept the love we think we deserve.” I think this is true. I think we do accept the love we think we deserve. We accept the treatment from others we think we deserve. Unfortunately, some of us do not think we deserve very much.
This concept can also have an impact on our success. We achieve the level of success that we think we deserve, not the level of which we are capable. If we do not think we deserve to be successful, it will be extremely difficult to be successful. People are very good at self-sabotage, and they generally do not even realize it.
I encourage you to think carefully about what level of success you think you deserve. From there, think about why you do not think you deserve a higher level of success. This exercise can give you great insight on those thoughts that may be holding you back.