by Laura Gibbons
Most people desire to be successful in life. While success can mean different things to different people, most definitions include achieving some sort of personal or business related goal. We all have the potential within us to reach our goals and become successful. Unfortunately, potential and desire doesn’t necessarily translate into real success. We are often our own worst enemy when it comes to our ability to achieve our goals because we hold onto bad habits that prevent us from achieving them. Here is a list of the top 6 bad habits that ruin your chances of being successful.
1 – Negative Thoughts. Having a negative attitude is one of the best ways to ruin your chance for success. Your thoughts will shape your reality. If you constantly tell yourself that you will fail, then the chance of failure skyrockets. It is impossible to achieve your goals if you are constantly telling yourself that you can’t.
“If you think you can, or you think you can’t- you’re right.” - Henry Ford
2 – Perfectionism. While it is important to try to do things well, perfectionism is one of the bad habits that will actually lower your potential to be successful. Successful people don’t sit around waiting for the perfect opportunity with the perfect plan. Successful people take action and learn from their mistakes.
“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.” - Thomas Edison
3 – Making excuses. Ever catch yourself saying phrases such as, “if only I had more time” or “if only I had more money.” Excuses never helped anyone become successful. If you really want to achieve success, stop making excuses, and start working towards your goals.
“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” – Benjamin Franklin
4 – Blaming others. Every choice that we make throughout the day is our own decision. We choose whether to get up on time in the morning, we choose whether to meet a deadline, whether to stay up late partying, or whether to spend extra time preparing for a big meeting. While we own these choices, it is common for people to blame others when things don’t work out as planned. It is often easier to place the blame on others instead of taking personal responsibility for our own failures. In order to learn from our past mistakes and become better in the future, we must first accept responsibility for our failures.
“The victim mindset dilutes the human potential. By not accepting personal responsibility for our circumstances, we greatly reduce our power to change them.” ― Steve Maraboli
5 – Relying on other’s opinions. Most successful people became successful by doing things that went against the norm. Thinking outside the box, creating your own path, and having the confidence to take chances is what drives most people to ultimate success. These types of action often frustrate and agitate the average person. They either don’t understand your vision or they are jealous of your accomplishments. Don’t let other people’s attitudes affect your ability to achieve your ultimate goals. Try to avoid these negative people as much as possible and choose to spend time with positive people instead.
“If you listen to critics for too long, you will become deaf to success.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo
Don’t let your bad habits get in the way of your ultimate success. Learn to identify the bad habits and replace them with good habits that will help you achieve your goals in life.
What other bad habits ruin your chance for success? Tell us your thoughts in the comment section below.
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About the Author:
Laura Gibbons is the founder of 9to5SurvivalGuide.com. Laura has survived 12+ years in the corporate retail environment. She has dealt with difficult co-workers, impossible bosses, and stressful work environments. She now shares her insights and expertise on career advancement and 9 to 5 survival through her website.