Success feels easy when you are on the right track

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Photo by Paula May on Unsplash: You can see that there is a path that is way easier than the rest for the top of this mountain

 

The truth about struggle and progress

People told you that success requires blood and tears, suffering, and sacrifices. Gary Vee will often say that you need to grind for years before you are successful. Well, that is not true. I will make my case for the opposite in this article and in the end, you can decide for yourself.

 

What do you mean success feels easy?

  • You do work you enjoy so much it does not feel like hard work. You are often in-flow, losing track of time.
  • From early on, you make progress, hit success milestones, and opportunities come your way.

“Working hard for something we do not care about is called stress. Working hard about something we love is called passion.” Simon Sinek

 

When success feels too easy

“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us to a different direction” Oprah

 

Looking closer at the adversity legends.

 

How do you know you are on the right path?

 

“Achievement is easy, what’s hard is alignment.” Brendon Burchard

 

Why the myth of hard success is dangerous

  • People who experience quick success but suffer from impostor syndrome because they believe it should not be that way. They think they are a fraud. How could they be so successful without much struggle? They must have fooled everyone. Sheryl Sandberg is a famous example; she had a thriving career but has admitted she suffered from impostor syndrome. Many of my coaching clients are in this bucket.
  • People who stay in the “struggle” because they believe that is the way it is supposed to be. They do not trust their experience and their body that tell them that something is wrong. Someone said insanity is trying the same thing hoping for different results. The “hard success” myth drives people insane.
  • People who settle for less because they do not want the pain they associate with success. I see this all the time. Clients will often say to me that they do not want to get a promotion or a new job. They are afraid they will have to make sacrifices or burn out, and they do not want to. Often, the opposite is true. The higher you get or, the better aligned you are with your job, the easier your work feels.

 

Conclusion

This article was originally published on Medium.

 

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Caterina Kostoula

Caterina Kostoula is an executive coach and founder of The Leaderpath.

Her mission is to coach pioneering leaders for impact and fulfilment.

She has worked as a Global Business Leader at Google where she was
also a 5-star rated internal coach. She has coached leaders and teams from Google, Amazon, Stripe and Workable, as well as a number of startups.

Caterina teaches the popular Life Vision Programme at INSEAD Business School.

Her work has been featured in Forbes, Fast Company and Thrive Global. Her best-selling book, “Hold Successful Meetings”, was published by Penguin in 2021. Her TEDx talk is called “Do your goals prevent your success?”

Education

– MSc in Executive Coaching from Ashridge Business School (EMCC-accredited)

– INSEAD MBA

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Success feels easy when you are on the right track

 

Photo by Paula May on Unsplash: You can see that there is a path that is way easier than the rest for the top of this mountain

 

The truth about struggle and progress

People told you that success requires blood and tears, suffering, and sacrifices. Gary Vee will often say that you need to grind for years before you are successful. Well, that is not true. I will make my case for the opposite in this article and in the end, you can decide for yourself.

 

What do you mean success feels easy?

  • You do work you enjoy so much it does not feel like hard work. You are often in-flow, losing track of time.
  • From early on, you make progress, hit success milestones, and opportunities come your way.

“Working hard for something we do not care about is called stress. Working hard about something we love is called passion.” Simon Sinek

 

When success feels too easy

“There is no such thing as failure. Failure is just life trying to move us to a different direction” Oprah

 

Looking closer at the adversity legends.

 

How do you know you are on the right path?

 

“Achievement is easy, what’s hard is alignment.” Brendon Burchard

 

Why the myth of hard success is dangerous

  • People who experience quick success but suffer from impostor syndrome because they believe it should not be that way. They think they are a fraud. How could they be so successful without much struggle? They must have fooled everyone. Sheryl Sandberg is a famous example; she had a thriving career but has admitted she suffered from impostor syndrome. Many of my coaching clients are in this bucket.
  • People who stay in the “struggle” because they believe that is the way it is supposed to be. They do not trust their experience and their body that tell them that something is wrong. Someone said insanity is trying the same thing hoping for different results. The “hard success” myth drives people insane.
  • People who settle for less because they do not want the pain they associate with success. I see this all the time. Clients will often say to me that they do not want to get a promotion or a new job. They are afraid they will have to make sacrifices or burn out, and they do not want to. Often, the opposite is true. The higher you get or, the better aligned you are with your job, the easier your work feels.

 

Conclusion

This article was originally published on Medium.

 

Download my free guide with the 10 Powerful Mindset Shifts To Achieve Your Vision.

Discover:
What are the 10 telltale signs that you are living your vision?
What are the 3 things you might think you need for success but you really don’t.
The 10 mindset shifts all my clients who enjoy success in all areas of their lives have made.

Link here.