No matter how successful you are (or think you are), there’s a good chance you’ve got some pretty bad habits. Habits that are actually undermining your success or skills as a leader. Even the ‘perfect’ business owners out there have some terrible habits that are hampering them becoming more successful than they already are. These habits creep into your everyday life, sometimes without you even noticing, and could be stopping you getting where you want to be. Here are some of the worst things you may be doing, that are hampering your success, and how to stop them.
Comparing yourself to others
Why aren’t I Mark Zuckerberg yet? Why isn’t my business the next Amazon yet? Why aren’t I X, Y or Z? Many of us cannot help but compare ourselves to others, and in some respects it’s a good thing. It’s smart to have goals and inspirations, but this shouldn’t be what we always focus on. Especially when you’re comparing your current chapter to someone else’s chapter 20! Success happens to different people at different points in their lives and in different ways. Following the exact same footsteps and blueprint as Zuckerberg doesn’t mean you’re going to become a billionaire. You need to focus on your journey and stop comparing yourself to everyone else along the way.
Not looking after yourself
Are you working 15-hour days, surviving on a diet of coffee and baked goods, and seeing sunshine once every couple of weeks? If so, this is the habit that could be totally ruining your chances of success. As humans, we can only put our body through so much before it needs a break. Would you rather work normal hours and look after your body or work ridiculous hours and then have to take a month off work to recover? Think about it. The more goodness you feed your body with, the better it’s going to perform. Looking after your health, eating well, taking regular exercise and even mindfulness can help improve your body and brain. You’ll be at optimum performance levels if you look after yourself, so don’t let YOU fall to the wayside.
Filling your plate
People think that to become successful, they have to be doing everything, all of the time. This simply isn’t the case. If you become overwhelmed then you won’t be productive, it’s as simple as that. Do you work better when you have a to-do list with 50 items on it or 3 priorities? Hint: It’s the latter. Don’t fall into the trap of taking on too much work, in order to be seen as successful. Instead, try the Getting Things Done method to prioritize your day. Focus on the most important things and set aside everything else for a later date. When you work on your key priorities, you’ll work smarter, not harder.
How many of these bad habits do you think you embody? Or how many can you see yourself picking up later down the line? If you can feel yourself slipping into a habit of comparing yourself to others, not looking after yourself, or taking on too much work, then take a step back. Go back to your original vision of what your dream life looks like and consider if it involves any of these bad habits? Nope, of course, it doesn’t. Reassess, make the necessary changes, and carry on your path to success.