Are You Pushing Success Away?

Take this quick quiz to find out!

By Noah St. John

Rate yourself on a scale from 1-5 on the following descriptions, with 1 being "almost never" to 5 being "almost always."

1. I read self-help books but they don't seem to make a lasting difference in my life.
 
1 (almost never)
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3
4
5 (almost always)
2. I'm frustrated by my financial situation.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
3. My job doesn't allow me to express my real level of talent or true abilities.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
4. I expect myself to be perfect all the time.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
5. I try to be all things to all people.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
6. I often find myself starting projects and not finishing them.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
7. I'm tired of getting close to success and then sabotaging myself.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
8. I usually feel like I'm not doing enough, even when I'm doing all I can.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
9. I feel responsible for everyone else's feelings.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
10. I often let others win, even when I could easily win.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
11. When I start to get close to success, that's when the fear sets in.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
12. I tend to have a low opinion of myself, even though other people say I'm smart, caring and capable.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
13. I tend to undercharge for my services (if I own my own business) or see other people getting promoted ahead of me (if I work in a company).
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)
14. I usually settle for crumbs, even though I know I deserve better.
 
1 (almost never)
2
3
4
5 (almost always)

Add up your total score for all the questions.

Interpret Your Score

If you scored 14-28: Congratulations! You've given yourself permission to succeed. You have no trouble letting in your own success and taking credit for your accomplishments. Others look to you as an example in personal and business relationships.

Score 29-49: You're stopping your success to some degree. Take the time to acknowledge your own successes and be sure to take time for relaxation and self-care.

Score 50 or above: You are probably stopping yourself from being as successful as you know you could be. You often find it difficult to finish projects you start or put off doing the things you really enjoy.

If you need some advice on how to stop sabotaging your own success, click here for additional information from Noah St. John's Permission to Succeed.

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Author Bio: Noah St. John, along with Denise Berard, is co-founder of The Success Clinic of America. He leads international seminars on how to end self-sabotage in your life, career and relationships. He can be reached at noah@SuccessClinic.com or 978-957-9999. On the Web: www.SuccessClinic.com

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