When it comes to being successful, everything we think, believe and do shape our future.
Our actions affect the results we get, so if we really want to be successful, we need to know what habits are holding us back so we can stop them from taking over our minds or sabotaging our efforts to be successful.
Here are twelve bad habits that could be getting in the way of your success:
1- Getting stuck in the past
If you spend most of your time thinking about the past or what went wrong, you might miss out on the chance to change things.
Learn from it and move on with the new knowledge and experience you’ve gained.
To be successful, you need to learn from your past but not live in it.
When you find yourself thinking about things that happened in the past, write down what you learned and what you could do differently next time.
Use this as a guide for your next try. You can’t change what happened in the past, but you can change what will happen in the future.
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2- Letting your problems take over
There are always going to be hard things to deal with in life.
When you think too much about a situation, you can slow down and feel overwhelmed.
Learning to let things go and come back stronger is a good way to get better at being strong in the face of problems.
The next time you’re in a tough situation, try taking a break from thinking about the problem and focusing on something you like doing instead.
When you shift your attention to something else, you give yourself a chance to think in a more positive way.
This can help you look at your problem from a different angle, which could lead you to a solution you hadn’t thought of before.
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3 — Not believing in yourself
When you keep doubting your skills or don’t believe in them, you stop yourself from doing all the things you could.
Instead, try to boost your confidence by learning new skills or getting out of your comfort zone.
When you try new things and celebrate your successes along the way, you let your faith be bigger than your fears and stop doubts from stopping you along the way.
If you have faith in yourself, other people will as well.
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4 — Caring about what other people think
There will always be people with bad things to say in life and business.
That’s just how it is. If you spend all of your time worrying about what other people think or caring what they think, you might not be able to take action or explore the options you have.
Instead of worrying about what other people think, pay attention to what you think.
You could also start hanging out with more people who are like you.
This way, you’ll spend time with people who might be more supportive of your goals, which can help you feel better about yourself.
5-Comparing yourself next to other people
If you keep comparing yourself to other people, you will always be fighting a losing battle.
Remember that you are on your own journey, which is different from everyone else’s.
Walk your own way and don’t follow in someone else’s footsteps.
Instead, focus on being the best you can be right now.
If you compare yourself to other people, you waste time thinking about their lives instead of your own.
Instead of comparing yourself to others, you should be happy for their successes and use them as motivation to improve your own unique skills.
6- Being hard on yourself
It’s natural for people to mess up or make mistakes from time to time.
Before you criticize yourself or beat yourself up for what went wrong, give yourself a break.
Learning from your mistakes is part of the way to success.
Instead of automatically focusing on feelings of failure, make a list of all the things you’ve been doing well and focus on your strengths and achievements.
If your inner critic still shows up, reframe your thoughts with more positive ones, like “I’m proud of myself for trying and I’ll do better next time” or “I’m doing the best I can.”
7- Resisting change
Change is what it’s all about! Whether it’s technology or fashion, things always change.
If you don’t want to change with the times, you may miss out on opportunities because you’re stuck in old ways of thinking.
When you are flexible and willing to change, you make it easier for more doors to open for you.
You can start to accept change by taking small steps.
For example, you could try something new, eat at a new restaurant, or go to a new place. These things can help you gain confidence and think about making bigger changes.
When we let ourselves become aware of our bad habits and focus on minimizing their effects by taking action steps that move us forward, we immediately make breakthroughs that help us reset our minds and become our best selves.
8- Waiting for a good time to happen
There is no right time, so it’s pretty much a waste of time to wait around for it.
You have to choose your moment — the one that fits with the way you want to go right now.
Waiting for the right time can look like putting things off or, dare I say it, fear.
If you live by your values, you should use every moment to do what is best for yourself.
You are in charge of every second of every day, so try to make each one fit with who you are.
Be aware, make the most of the chance, and make, make, make.
9- The need to be perfect all the time
Trying to be perfect is almost like hurting yourself.
It’s like chasing your tail like a cartoon dog.
It will never happen because nothing is perfect.
Think about it: when is something ever perfect?
Life is always a mix of yin and yang, so you realize that trying to be perfect can hurt your chances of success.
It makes you unhappy because there’s always “something else to do,” when sometimes it’s better to be happy with what you’ve done so far.
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10 — Not willing to go beyond what you have to do.
Putting in a little more work can help a lot.
You’ve probably heard the saying “you get out what you put in,” right?
Well, it’s true, and you’ll find that the most successful people don’t just sit around and be proud of what they’ve done.
Instead, they’re always looking for ways to do more and keep getting better.
This also means getting out of your comfort zone and doing something you don’t usually do to surprise yourself.
You’ll feel good about it, too, and you’ll want to do it again and again.
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11 — Not working on your weaknesses.
I’m sorry to be the one to tell you this, but you do have flaws.
But that’s a good thing because it means you have strengths to make up for your weaknesses.
Once you know where you need to improve, spend a little time each day working on ways to do so.
For example, if you need to learn more about anatomy for your job, spend 15 to 20 minutes a day reading about the parts that are hard for you to understand.
Over time, you will learn more about what you need to know.
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12- Taking things too seriously
Life can definitely bring you down, but when you feel like the world is closing in on you, think about how great life is and all the great people and moments that have helped you get to where you are now.
Remember when you were a child and you could run around without pain, stress, or worry?
Even though we have a lot more to do as adults, try to remember how free you felt as a child.
When you feel like you’re sinking, you can always get up and do something to make things better.
Your success is important, but you can do whatever you want with it. If you smile and love more, good things will happen to you by accident.
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