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"I MUST BE BEST AT WHAT I DO!" was a belief that I held during a long time

In 2018, I had a life-threatening accident that triggered a change of my perspective.

With strong pains and only one functioning arm, I cannot do the extremely difficult mountaineering routes that I enjoyed so much. I can only work a few hours a day due to the pain killers. I now cannot be best on lots of fields.

I realized that linking my performance, be it in sports or in the job, and my self-esteem, is profoundly destructive: as soon as there is a failure, it's a threat to my identity and it triggers a high stress level.

It had pushed me into jobs where I was almost sure to succeed and to avoid unconsciously more challenging ones.

This belief, instead of helping me, was a self-sabotage.

How much do you link your identity to your success? How fast do you digest failures?

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