5 Habits That Hinder Success
We all have bad habits that we’ve developed over the years. Some bad
habits are more detrimental to your future and your life than others, but no
bad habit is good to keep up.
There are several bad habits that can hinder your future success, but we’ve narrowed it down to the
top five that, if not snuffed out soon, could have adverse effects on your
1) Seeking approval
You will never achieve a high amount of success in life if you seek
approval with everything you do and every decision you make. You can’t be a
leader, manager, or very successful without confidently making decisions for
yourself. Being too concerned about this can also cause you to lose focus in
moments when it really counts, like job interviews.
It can cause you to be so concerned about what they’re going to say next
that you inadvertently tune them out, missing the last thing they said. In
order to curb this habit, you need to do your best to focus on the conversation
or task at hand and remind yourself that you can’t control how others react or
seek approval for everything you do.
2) Making excuses - Blaming others or making
excuses for your own mistakes or behavior is a bad habit that will definitely
hinder your overall success. Employers don’t like to see this behavioral trait
and neither do potential friends. You’ll find it incredibly difficult to achieve
success in your business life as well as your personal life if you continue
with the bad habit of blaming others or making excuses for your own mistakes.
3) Giving into self-doubt - Self-doubt is the leading
killer of dreams and success. The only sure-fire way to never succeed is to
never try. Self-doubt easily creeps into your thoughts, making you doubt
decisions you were previously confident about, causing you to stall or delay an
important and potentially time-sensitive decision.
More severely, self-doubt
can even cause you to miss out on huge opportunities for your future. Your
self-doubt can take over and keep you from going for certain jobs, performing,
and doing things you love.
4) Catastrophizing - If you go into any event
thinking it’s going to be awful, chances are you’re going to have a bad time.
The same is true if you go into something important you have to do with the
idea that you will fail.
You may not think that
mindset could have such a large effect on the things you do, but let us assure
you, it certainly does. You can psych yourself out before any major
performance, speech, interview, etc. by convincing yourself that you’re going
to do poorly.
5) Not listening - Practicing poor listening
skills can have an extremely adverse effect on your future success. Not
listening can get you into trouble in a number of ways, but it can also hinder
you from furthering your career or your life in any way.
If you’re too busy
thinking about what you’re going to say next to hear what someone is saying,
tune them out frequently, or find yourself asking them to repeat what they said
most of the time, chances are people don’t think to highly of you. They won’t
want to promote you or befriend you, hindering both your business success and
Bad habits and destructive
behaviors can lead to a number of problems in our daily lives and,
unfortunately, we all have our fair share of them with which to deal. Some bad habits are simply
annoying, while others can be detrimental to your future. We hope that, through
this list, we’ve been able to help you identify bad habits that could hinder
your overall success in life.
"Don't be afraid to give up the good to go for
the great." --John D. Rockefeller
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