To be successful in anything in life requires an adequate amount of discipline and a whole lot of other factors. There’s always a price to pay when it comes to achieving one’s heart desires in life. By the term sacrifice, I mean things we must forgo if we truly desire to be successful in whatever endeavor we choose in life.
Life and success revolve around principles and laws. And disobeying these principles or laws can be detrimental to having a happy and healthy life.
In this article, I’m going to share with you 13 habits you seriously need to forgo if you desire to be successful in life, and in business. The last suggestion on this list is one of the most important factors that will enable you to live a happy and healthy life.
13 Habits That will Hinder Your Success in Life
1. Stop the habit of Procrastinating
Research suggests that though procrastination can be attributed to poor time management skills, it also associated with poor emotional conditions. Procrastination is an active avoidance of an activity or task. It is one of the many reasons why most people fail to progress or succeed in life.
The consequence of procrastination includes:
- It leads to anxiety, guilt, or shame.
- Underperformance in work and life.
- Most financial difficulties are a result of putting off work.
- It can lead to a poor health conditions if nutrition and exercise are avoided.
2. Blaming others
It is very easy for most of us to blame others when things don’t go according to how we planned. We assume that other people are at fault but not us. This attitude is the reason why a lot of people never take responsibility for their lives, they assume other people should understand their feelings and act accordingly. The truth is that no one is responsible for your life except you. To be successful in life requires taking full responsibility for our lives and actions.
When things go wrong, it is advisable to take responsibility and then find a way to resolve the issue. Not taking responsibility and laying blame on others is a sign of immaturity and it is also a highway to failure.
3. Not Having Goals for Your Life
Goal setting is an important element for anyone who desires to be successful in life. Goals are what motivates an individual to work hard, to be persistent, and to be more focused in life. It gives you direction and helps you to define things that truly matter to you.
4. Not Having Priorities
In order to become successful in life, you must develop the habit of setting priorities. This act allows you to be more focused in life and also helps you to dispel distractions. Prioritization is a great time management technique that successful people deploy to their day to day activities and life.
5. Give up trying to Please Everyone
It is not only impossible to please everyone, trying to do so can result in stress and anxiety in life. the reason why most people aren’t truly living their life is because of the compulsion to please everyone in their life.
The consequence of trying to please everyone it that you relegate your desires, and your needs to the back and you put others first. The problem with this approach is that it causes stress, anxiety, frustrations, and can lead to depression because humans are the hardest thing to please on earth. And no matter what you do or don’t do, people will still have something negative to say about you. So, give up the need to please everyone. Set yourself as your number one priority in life. When you do that, everyone else will love you for that and you’ll attract genuine friends to yourself.
6. Comparing yourself with Others
One of the reasons why people develop imposter syndrome, self-doubts, and low self-esteem is that they constantly compare themselves with other people. This habit is not only detrimental to your success in life, but it can also result in serious health concerns such as high blood pressure, anxiety, fear, stress, and also depression.
If you desire to be successful, you have to give up the habit of comparing yourself with other people around you. And you have to understand that everyone is unique in their individual ways.
7. Avoid the Perfectionism Syndrome
Give yourself permission to fail, and to explore life.
Perfectionism syndrome is an excessive compulsion to make things perfect before execution. It could be at work or life in general. While it is great to strive to make things a little better, the compulsion for perfection is what makes a lot of people develop fears, anxiety, stress, self-doubts, and imposter syndrome. This is due to the fact that many people fear criticism and want to be perceived as brilliant or intelligent.
Instead of trying to be perfect which is impossible, develop an improvement mentality. An improvement mentality changes your perspective about life. It allows you to spot opportunities easily and helps you to embrace your true personality.
8. Dwelling in Past Mistakes
Most people live their life timidly and scared just because of the mistakes they made in the past. They fear taking up challenges or new ventures because they don’t trust themselves anymore and have lost every confidence.
In order to be successful henceforth, you have to understand that your past mistakes have no place in your present life. Just because you failed in the past doesn’t equate to you being a failure. Stop beating yourself up and tagging yourself with all sorts of negative connotations.
The fear of failure is one of the reasons why many people never get to explore their innate abilities. It is the reason why so many people live a mediocre kind of life, they abhor being labeled as failures or perceived as not smart enough.
You have to understand that no one becomes successful in life without ever failing at something. All successful people understand that failure is a necessary part of life. Failure helps us to understand what works and what doesn’t.
If you want to be successful in life, you have to give yourself permission to fail. This gives you the opportunity to explore freely without worrying about being judged.
10. The habit of Negative Self-Talks
Negative self-talk creates doubts, makes one develop low self-esteem, and also the feeling of imposter syndrome. Negative self-talk like “I’m not good enough”, “I’m not smart enough”, “not handsome or beautiful”, and so on have a negative impact on how we feel about ourselves and they can also trigger anxiety, loneliness, and depression.
In order to be successful, you have to discard every negative self-talk and engage in positive affirmations. And praise yourself for your achievements.
11. Neglecting Your Health
Your body is the only vehicle you have to carry you through the experience of life. And failing to take care of it is leeway to sickness. You have to understand that success without health is nothing.
Take good care of yourself, rest appropriately, and eat healthy meals. Avoid anything that will cause you to stress or anxiety.
12. Give Up Multitasking
While most of us think we are good at multitasking, science shows that only 2% of people know how to multitask. Multitasking induces stress and anxiety because it forces us to race with time. It makes one lose focus and divides our energy.
All successful people understand the negative effect of multitasking that’s why they only engage in one thing at a time. For you to be successful, you also have to adopt the mindset of doing one thing at a time. Avoid shiny things syndrome.
13. Give Up Frowning and Smile Always
Successful people are happy people, they understand that anything that would go wrong must definitely go wrong. And there’s no gain is worrying over things they cannot control.
Successful people smile most of the time, they are cheerful and happy with what they have.
So, if you want to be successful in life, you have to develop a positive mindset and a cheerful attitude. And ensure to smile most of the time, it makes you feel good and it also improves your people’s relation skills.