Appreciating where you are in your career is only one part of reaching stability and comfort in this totally subjective industry. To fully find balance, one must also embrace the truth of our individual situation.
5. Not being truthful.
The core question of The Method is "What's going on right now?" You don't have to be a Method actor, though, to extract value from this starting point.
The truth is a great place to live. It's far less work than maintaining a byzantine structure of lies, which reduces stress and worry lines, and it's very emotionally freeing, which is very useful to the artist who needs accessible emotional emotions in her career.
I get that feeling real emotions is often really painful. Boy, do I get it. An old friend joked (fairly accurately) that I cried for the first two years of acting class. Since then, I've done my fair share of crying on a therapist's couch, in workshops, and when consuming art that hits a little close to home. I still cry a good five or six times each week. It never feels good to feel the feelings, but it always feels better than not feeling them (and it [the relief] feels fantastic afterward).
Choosing to be a talent -- whether acting or modeling -- means emoting. Emoting from a place of truth is always more intriguing to the viewer than watching someone "act". The difference is being able to be truthful with oneself as the talent. If talent work is something you are serious about, start today by being truthful with yourself, your character, your emotional life, and your place within this world of entertainment.
Every actor makes at least one of these mistakes sometime, no matter how evolved he becomes. But an awareness of these traps we fall into helps reduce the chances we'll get stuck there too long, and makes it easier extricate ourselves—not to mention avoiding them in the first place!
So keep a list of these pit falls close by and check in with yourself from time to time. Losing authenticity? Stop and tap back into it! Not taking credit for the parts of your career you can be? Stop and take action! Asking for too much or coming across too needy? Return to finding your confidence and balance. Use positive self talk or whatever works for you!