Sometimes it seems that no matter how hard we work, we can’t get ahead. Chances are, however, you’ve got a bad habit or two that is standing in your way of being truly successful. Trust me, I’m definitely guilty of some of these habits as well. Here are 5 bad habits that might be standing in your way of success. Do you struggle with any of these?
Falling Victim to Distractions
We all get distracted at times. Trust me, I get it. I am certainly not above distractions. But the true difference is whether you’re able to recognize that yes, distractions are there, and learn to avoid them. For some, it’s social media (actually, it’s probably social media for most of us.) For others, like myself, it’s Netflix! I can’t tell you how many times I head home after work with every intention of getting some blog work done, but I never make it past Netflix.
However, I know Netflix is a distraction for me. And it’s a totally preventable one at that. I push myself to head straight to work in the evenings without turning Netflix on until I’m done, and I am infinitely more productive. Knowing what your biggest distractions are is key to overcoming them!
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Comparing Yourself to Others
I’ve said this time and time again on this blog, and I’ll continue to say it. Comparing yourself to others, and putting yourself down because of it, is one of the worst things you can do for your success. It’s one thing to do competitive research and see what you might be doing wrong that others are doing right. It’s a whole different thing to look at someone else’s social media account and see they have more followers than you, and mentally beat yourself up because of it. Looking at the number of page views or social media followers someone has does nothing to help your numbers. Looking at how much money someone else makes does nothing to increase your salary. And someone else’s success does not equal your failure. There’s room for all of us!
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One of the biggest bad habits that can stop you from being successful is believing that you aren’t in charge of you. You focus on the things you can’t change. You focus on the things that happen to you instead of the things you make happen. I think many are guilty of doing this in their career. Maybe you don’t have the income you want because your job doesn’t allow it. Or you don’t have the social life because your job requires long hours. You are in control of that. You are making the conscious decision to be in a job that doesn’t allow a salary you want or doesn’t allow time for your friends or family. So make a change!
Next time you find yourself being resentful of any part of your life, wishing something could be different, or wishing you could have something that you don’t, stop for a moment and consider what you can do to change it.
If you’ve been reading this blog for awhile, it’s probably pretty clear that I’m basically obsessed with organization. But there’s a good reason for that! I’ve learned that being organized is the #1 best way for me to stay on top of everything I’ve got going on without anything falling through the cracks. Even people who are amazing at their job (or their blog) can be unsuccessful when they lack organization in their life. I don’t want that to happen to you! I wrote this blog post awhile back about 8 habits of highly organized people. That could be you!
You Don’t Prioritize Self-Care
When you’re crazy busy, self-care tends to not seem so important anymore. It tends to take a backseat to everything else going on in your life from work to side-hustles to kids. Here’s the thing, though. You can’t really succeed in any of those other things without self-care. It’s not just about physical health, it’s about mental and emotional health too! Lucky for you, I shared a blog post with a few ways you can practice self-care, as well as why you should.