There is sometimes an illusion that successful people (however you define that term) are somehow exempt from having head trash. After all, with so much success under their belt, surely they no longer worry about failure.
Just over a year ago, my finger hovered above the “approve” button for my book, Delivering Massive Value. If I’m being honest with you, I was pretty sure nobody would buy it and if somebody did buy it, they’d call it a pile of crap, I’d be ostracized from the industry, all my clients would fire me, and as a result of the bankruptcy it caused, my family would leave me and I’d be pushing a shopping cart full of unsold books around town offering to financial plan for food.
Thankfully with the help of my coaches, mastermind peers, and my family, I pushed through this head trash and sent the book to the printer. Within months and without a paid marketing campaign, it became a bestselling book in our industry, with near universal praise from hundreds of advisors, including from Michael Kitces, who recommended it on his summer 2022 reading list, and Nick Murray, who recommended it to his subscribers (of which I’ve been one nearly my entire career).
I share all this because despite my success as an advisor, author, podcaster, coach to advisors, husband, father, and friend, like you, I still struggle with head trash and my success, like yours, is totally dependent on each of our abilities to push past the monster under the bed known as head trash and do what has to be done!