Everyone has their own idea of success. Whether you define success by earning the big bucks or by enjoying the freedom and flexibility of a simple life, you’ll only get to this point with the right mindset and habits.
Since our thoughts and actions go hand-in-hand with our accomplishments, some people unwittingly stand in the way of their own success. They pick up a few bad habits on their path to success, and because of these habits they never evolve into the person they want to be.
Sound familiar? If so, no worries. You can overcome self-defeat and thrive, but first you’ll need give up a few crippling habits.
1. Stop Making Excuses
Sometimes, it’s easier to make excuses for why we can’t or haven’t achieved something. But excuses are just that—excuses. These are barriers to a favorable outcome that hold you hostage. Excuses keep you from living your life and being the best version of yourself, and the driving force behind many excuses is underlying fear.
Even if you run into naysayers or people who shoot down your ideas, you have the power to decide whether you listen to these people or continue with your plans.
If you sit back and make excuses, you’ll remain in the same place wishing for something better. Do you want to look back on your life in 15 or 20 years with regrets? If not, don’t make excuses, make moves.
2. Stop Blaming Others
Blaming others for our failures or lack of success is essentially a way to avoid being accountable for our actions. There might be situations when the actions of others contribute to an undesirable outcome. But these experiences shouldn’t prevent you from picking up the pieces and moving forward.
Maybe you started a part-time business and the antics of one of your staff members damaged the reputation of your company. This is unfortunate, but it doesn’t signal the end of your company or good name. The way you resolve the matter determines your ability to make a strong comeback. Rather than play the blame game, accept the situation for what it is. Learn from your mistakes, make better choices and rebuild your reputation.
3. Stop Waiting For Everything to Be Perfect
I’m guilty of this. Whenever I have a new idea, I don’t put it into action until I feel circumstances are as perfect as they can be—which, of course, results in procrastination.
The truth of the matter is, circumstances may never be ideal. If you keep postponing plans or waiting for everything to be “just right,” you might never take action. Not to say you shouldn’t do thorough research and prepare for what lies ahead, but be reasonable. At some point you’ll have to stop planning and start working.
4. Stop Focusing on the Worst-Case Scenario
There’s always a risk that an idea or plan will fail—that’s the cold, hard truth. But there’s another truth many people fail to realize: There’s also the possibility of success. Zeroing in on the worst-case scenario is one of the fastest ways to be unsuccessful. This kills your motivation and creates self-doubt. Change your mindset and think about the best-case scenario.
5. Stop Being Jealous
If you want to achieve success, stop obsessing over other people and what they’re accomplishing. Jealousy is an emotion that paralyzes you. It makes you feel inferior, and when you don’t feel good about yourself, you lose motivation and give up. Channel the energy you spend worrying about others into getting your ideas off the ground. So the next time jealous thoughts creep into your mind, change your thinking process and concentrate on yourself. Your brain can’t focus on two things at once.
No matter what your definition of success is, you won’t arrive at this point until you learn how to remove bad habits and thoughts. The mind is powerful. The more positive thoughts you have, the easier it’ll be attain your target goal.
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