I saw it happen with three people in the last two weeks, but only figured it out last night. The moment you achieve a goal you have worked for, you will hit a downer.
Initially you enjoy feelings of elation but immediately afterwards, emotions of self-doubt appear. You will question whether you deserve your success. You will wonder whether you are good enough and ask yourself what will happen when your family and friends realize it? You will understand that your bubble can burst any second.
Someone that achieves success needs reassurance for a moment because they are vulnerable, almost depressed. I understand the reason for it to be this – Everything that goes up, must come down. It is a physical law. In order to reach equilibrium again after intense feelings of ecstasy, the bottom emotions must also be experienced.
Goals are often achieved through years of hard work and perseverance, where the driving force is the belief in one’s self. During that time there is no time to doubt, so it sets in only after the goal is achieved.
Luckily though, is just is as it is, and normality will return.