Productivity

11 Bad Habits That Limits Your Success

Success Obstacles To Overcome

12 habits that limit successThe 12 Habits that limits success

  Learning what distraction to eliminate and bad habits to put aside on your way to achieving more success is the key to getting up, taking action & actually succeeding.

Forget what have been said about most people not knowing what they want in life. I actually learned that a lot of people do know what they want and also have an idea of how they can go after their dreams but are most times choked up and pulled down by bad habits.

These bad habits are what differentiate the others from highly successful people, these bad habits deprive people of their creativity and steal people’s dreams every day. You can choose the higher road today by quitting these bad habits:

1. Too much dreaming and too little action

Most people spend valuable time fantasizing and dreaming about a great idea without taking out time to plan and take actions toward the idea. This is the most common success limiting bad habits of all, it limits a person’s progress and delays them from actualizing their dreams or moving to the next success level.

You could have all the great ideas in the world and know the best plans to execute them but just thinking about them will get you nowhere. You have to make use of your great ideas. Take action today!

 “Nothing great was ever achieved without taking action or making a move”

You could want to try out something new, maybe a business idea you’ve crossed your mind, a new lucrative skill you would love to learn, a change of lifestyle or anything good. Why not quit thinking and start doing?

“You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”
Wayne Gretzky

Yes, that’s for sure. You don’t get rewarded just for thinking, no one can learn from your thoughts, no one can read them, your thoughts can’t inspire or help anyone not even you. There is only one way your thoughts can be productive, by taking action, making it come alive.

What to do:
 Quit spending much time thinking. Put your ideas to work, that’s the only way to make use of powerful ideas that crosses your mind.
 *Write down valuable thoughts and ideas that come to your mind. They are a goldmine. This is one habit that helps me achieve much more and solve problems.

2. Procrastination

Putting things off for later when you can do them now is a bad habit anyone can easily get used to. Once you start procrastinating, the bad habit keeps building up and you’ll keep finding better reasons why you should leave things undone.

Procrastination:
 Eats deep into your time
 Makes you lazy in the long run & unproductive (making you think you can always do stuff later)
 Results to unnecessary rush to meet the deadline, which reduces the quality of your output.
Many opportunities we have missed in the past was a result of procrastination. And we can avoid missing out on future opportunities by dropping this bad habit.

What to do:
 Remind yourself that, “It is always better and way easier to do it now than later”
 Allocate a quick time target. “I’ll do this now, from 12:30 pm to 01:30 pm”. It makes it easier to complete the task and harder to postpone.

3. Spending time with negative people

The influence of negative association can be a very powerful obstacle to a person’s success. The opinion of the people you spend time with influences your mindset, it either fuels up or inflates your motivation.

The growth of a fish is limited to the size of the tank it is placed in, the same principle applies to a person’s self-growth. Your growth can be limited by the size of your friends’ mind. Are they small thinkers? Do they discourage or laugh at you when you think big?

“Birds of the same feather flock together”. Try to spend more time with people who inspire you, supports your goals or make you think big

What to do:
You probably have heard about this but might not have really taken it into consideration;

“Examine the people you spend time with, carefully choose to spend less or no time with negative & small people and more time with positive & bigger people who believe in you and are a source of motivation to you”.

4. Trying to do it all by yourself

Yes! you can get it all done by yourself, fine, but two heads are better than one. It’s always smarter to ask for help or suggestions from others. People will give good ideas and will help you see better ways you didn’t think of if you just ask.

Successful people never forget the benefits of having a team, they know having a team result to better and quicker outcome. They know a team brings together different views, ideas, and solutions to create the best possible outcome.

What to do:
 If you’re working on anything and it starts getting heavy on you or you need motivation or leverage, you then know you need help. You could ask help from a friend, look for someone good to partner with, hire freelancers for a few tasks or hire a full-time expert to work with you.
 You can also get a smart software or purchase online services that will help ease your load.

You might know how to do little things in many categories, but experts in each category will do a way better job. So give out some work to experts, it pays. You’ll get a better quality. If hiring is expensive, you can get expert freelancers do any task for you for a few dollars on top freelance sites.

5.  Bad time management

Not planning how to make the maximum use of your time each day is one sure way to achieve less than you can: low productivity. You end up not having enough time to complete many activities and while spending too much time on just a few.

Most of us have experienced situations where we made plans to achieve maybe two of more goals in a day and ended up achieving just one, it happened to me so many times till I learned about allocating time for each goal.

What to do:

If you want to take charge of your time there is just one thing to do: “Allocate time to each activity of the day”
“Human beings somehow tend to get faster and more productive outcome when given a deadline” And that’s because deadlines:
 Creates a time target in our mind which increases our productivity level massively.
 Eliminates possible distractions that would normally cause a delay (long phone calls, thinking of something else, checking social media) and focuses the mind on meeting the deadline.

One final tip, do this when you plan your day, Always leave an extra time for each activity it helps in balancing your plan.

Plan 1 Extra time Plan 2 Extra time Plan 3
8:00 am – 10:30 am 10:30 am – 11:15 am 11:15 am – 2:00 pm 2:00 pm – 2:45 pm 2:45 pm – 4:30 pm

6. Spending much time on the bed or TV screen

Watching TV, playing video games, resting and sleeping are cool and good for you to relax and have fun with people. Personally, I can’t imagine working so hard that I won’t have the time to watch my favorite TV series or football games.

But spending too much time on these things can become a bad habit real quick, leaving you with little or no self-control over them. And here’s why they are addictive and have the power to eat away a big chunk of your time and you can’t afford that because time is your key ingredient in becoming successful.

What to do:
 Do these activities during your spare time
 Each time you want to engage in any of these activities, quickly set a time count reminder to prevent you from spending more time than you planned. Say I’ll spend 2 or 3 hours doing this and nothing more.

7. Focusing on the negative. Doubting your capability

It’s always a good strategy in every plan to consider the possible negative outcome. Yes, so thumbs up for checking them out, it’s a good move. But dwelling on them and giving them the permission to limit your outcome is what you shouldn’t do. They are there for just one reason, “to test whether you deserve the good returns at the end or not”.

No great thing that was ever achieved was without possible negative outcomes. So you should expect it.

Whenever you are challenged by limiting negative thoughts:
 Make a list of the positive outcomes and focus on them, let them motivate you through
 Pick up the habit of making affirmations, it is one great way to defeat negative mindset and replace it with a positive one.

8. Making excuses & blaming others

This is one of the common bad habits you have to drop very quickly to prevent its dangerous effects in your life. And I’ll tell you why… At first making excuses will make you feel better about yourself because you’ve defended your self-esteem but also your excuses hinder your motivation to prepare better in the future.

We tend to blame others or something else for our mistakes and end up settling for lower standards.

What to do:
 We can avoid handicapping ourselves by dropping the habit of making excuses and blaming others, accepting our fault by being truthful and working hard enough to prevent making excuses. It pays off in the long run.

By doing these, you’ll increase your productivity massively because you know you’re responsible for your outcome and won’t make an excuse or blame anyone for it. It’s all you.

9. Seeking Perfection

When I started designing and writing, I could take one or two hours designing something beautiful and spend over five hours or sometimes days of little tweaking trying to make it perfect. Sometimes I would end up complicating it or just making it a bit better.

Seeking perfection drains your time and energy, it creates a feeling in you that your outcome is not good enough and needs to be adjusted a little more. This feeling it creates can be addictive.

What I’m saying is that it doesn’t have to be perfect for it to work, nothing is ever perfect because everything can be improved at some point.

What to do:
 If you have to make some adjustment, time yourself, so you won’t get locked up in it
•  Ask others for their opinion, ask them what they think. Sometimes we do a great job but we don’t see it as good enough. So learn to seek the opinion of others, it makes it easier.

10. Quitting

Winning big in anything is not just about trying and working hard, it’s more about persisting, not giving up, having an undying patience and belief. Not Quitting.

Quitting is not an option for winners. It’s a habit adopted by three kinds of people: 1. People who have no believe in what there are doing  2. People doing it for the wrong reasons  3. People who are just doing a trial

Rome wasn’t built in a day, the greatest achievements weren’t done overnight.

The start of most success businesses was tough, where entrepreneurs fight the mind & financial battle of whether to continue or quit. Then soon when you start getting good returns for your sacrifices, you’ll discover it’s all worth it.

What to do:
  When you choose to work on an idea you believe in, prepare your mind for the obstacles you’ll meet and choose to keep movingAfter doing a few research and planning, ask yourself a very important question, “Do I believe in this?” if yes, go all the way.
 Be creative and find a way to standout. Have you been doing the same thing and expecting a different result? It’s time for a change.
 Learn from other successful people who are doing what you are doing and make some changes. I was awful at designing, then I learned a lot just by looking at expert works and trying to design like them.

11. Fear

 Fear is one mind battle you’ll have to conquer if you really want to grow in any area of your life. It can paralyze anyone and keep them from making the most important move which is “taking action”. The fear of failing, the fear of running out of ideas, the fear of wasting time, the fear of running out of fund are all obstacles to overcome.

What to do:
 Substitute your fears with reassuring and peaceful thoughts
 Remind yourself of where you are headed and the amazing end results your efforts can bring
 Tap into your inner fearless power by using affirmations.

4 things to do next:

1. Write down the bad habits that are limiting your productivity*
2. Create a plan on how you can drop the bad habits using the provided solutions and any of yours
3. Make sure your plans are specific enough. Such as, “I’ll come up with 10 powerful affirmations in the next 30 minutes, and will use them to motivate myself every morning”
4. *Make a tick on your calendar or journal every time you work on the solution. It’ll remind you of your success and inspire you to complete your plan.

Just put in a little time into dropping these bad habits and you’ll have a lot less obstacle on your way to success.

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