After writing employee wellness newsletters for 24 years, I can tell you one
certain fact: If your job includes other duties along with managing your wellness, employee, or company newsletter, it can create enormous strain.
Strain is worse sort of stress. Strain is composed of three things: 1) taxing work requiring effort for which you are constantly interrupted; 2) the inability to control when you'll do the work, how much you will do, and the pressure of a deadline that will not get off your mind; 3) repeating the work with another deadline after the last one is complete; 4) waffling with a decision to either procrastinate to reduce stress or act on the work to relieve the stress; 5) and one more thing--having it on your mind interrupting your normal everyday thoughts--this is called thought intrusion. And it can ruin weekends. In other words, there is little escape except for the few days following the completion of the work. Then the crescendo builds again.
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Do You Have a “Success Phobia”?
Once you are past the fear of failure and are taking action to succeed with your personal goals, your next challenge might be overcoming the fear of success. A close cousin to the fear of failure, which sabotages motivation to take action at all, fear of success sabotages goals by having you take the wrong actions. The reasons, however, are the same — the deep-seated belief that what is desired is not really achievable.
Fortunately, intervention strategies abound to tackle this natural foe. (Note: If the following really is a frustrating pattern for you, don't stay miserable. Talk to a professional counselor or pick up book on the subject of goal attainment.) Common symptoms of fear of success generally are associated with self-sabotaging actions: procrastination or perfectionism; avoiding risks with promising rewards; feeling as though good things will not last; feeling unable to make a decision in pursuit of a goal; excessive worry about mistakes you haven’t made yet; repeatedly forming relationships with the wrong people; and, blaming yourself for things that go wrong rather than taking action to obtain a better outcome.
Subscribe to Frontline Employee (fax back page four and pay later or cancel or just get a free trial!) and reduce the strain of newsletter management -- You'll get a refund if your life does not change for the better instantly, all the way through to the last issue! ~ Daniel Feerst, BSW, MSW, LISW-CP Founding Publisher.