6 Bad Habits You Must Break to Succeed
You need to recognise your patterns. You can’t outwork unhealthy patterns. The best way to ditch a bad habit is to embrace a good one in its place.
Many of the entrepreneurs I meet through my work as a coach, mentor and entrepreneur aren’t reaching their full potential. What’s more, they have NO IDEA why. They have great ideas for their startups and financial backing to make it a reality. But no matter how hard they try, they keep coming up short. Its their reality.
Is this you? Do you believe you should be successful but can’t get quite where you want to be?
If so, I’m willing to bet you’re letting a few bad habits run in the background (your unconscious), without your knowledge. Bad habits often go unnoticed, like a slow leak in a car tire. Until one day, when you’re on the side of the road without any advance warning there’s a problem.
Habits are formed in us between the age of conception and seven years. We learn them through observation, behaviour, methods of reward, defense mechanisms, love and many other means. We are not consciously aware at that age that we are forming our patterns.
Success requires technical skills as well as the grit, focus and energy to carry you for the long haul. Success also demands self-knowledge. You must be able to see yourself and your habits clearly only then can you change them before they stunt your potential.
Some things like technical skills can always be outsourced, so don’t stress the stuff that is not your area of expertise. Delegate. If you need help with identifying your patterns that are holding you back and wanting help to change them, then this can be done through someone like myself. Just book an appointment 🙂
Take a look at the list below and be brutally honest: Do any of them ring a bell?
- You’re a Perfectionist.
This is one of the worst ways you can sabotage yourself. Remember, Rome was not build in one day and neither was it fully completed BEFORE people started living there…
If you live in fear of doing a task wrong, you won’t be able to begin. The stress of being perfect freezes up creativity and joy, making your task longer, more difficult and not as fun.
You will find yourself signing up for every new course you come across, just in case there is something else you should know, BEFORE you launch out into your business. This is also a sign of procrastination…..
Give yourself permission to create imperfectly. Make drafts knowing you won’t include some or most of what you’re doing. You always can edit what you’ve begun. Greatness comes from many failures and do-overs. Nothing comes from standing on the sidelines waiting for that ‘perfect plan’. Remember, practice makes perfect, so practice as you build your business.
As they say, “nothing ventured, nothing gained”.
- You’re Compulsively Distracted.
Surfing the internet, answering a call, catching up on Facebook posts, getting a snack, texting someone back quickly while you’re in the middle of something — it all pulls you away from ‘intense focus’. If you’re constantly interrupting yourself, you can’t get into the swing of things. You could be setting yourself up to waste your whole day.
Setting aside 2 hours of uninterrupted work time is far more beneficial and productive than 5 hours of ‘interrupted’ time.
So, turn off your distractions, close your door and focus for a set period of time. If you need to call, text or eat, give yourself a set break to do so. And then have the discipline to return to the task at hand.
- You hit the Snooze Button.
Several studies have proved 15 minutes of extra snooze time in the morning won’t help you feel less tired. Scientists found a long time ago that you need deep REM sleep to recharge. Snoozing actually makes you more tired and fatigued. Even worse, it wastes time you could spend drinking water, showering, meditating or exercising — activities all shown to increase energy levels.
Instead of lying in bed, wishing for just 15 minutes more of sleep, tell yourself it won’t make you less tired. Get up when your alarm sounds (if you need one to wake up), and start incorporating healthy morning habits that will help boost your alertness.
The fallacy that we need 8 hours of sleep each night is not true… its just that, a fallacy. We can easily manage on 5 hours sleep per night. If you wake up in the middle of the night, and cannot get back to sleep, get up and start working. This is the when the magic happens……
- You leave your most Important Work until later.
Most people are at their best earlier in the day, before they’ve reached the brain fatigue of afternoon and evening. Don’t save your hardest or most important tasks for “later.” You won’t have the energy to devote to doing it right.
Tackling difficult tasks early in the day improves your work production. It also allows you to relax as your day unfolds. You’ll know you accomplished what you needed to do, and you’ll have nothing hanging over your head before you leave for the day.
Include some reading or online training as part of your “work time”. Remember that you have to constantly invest in yourself if you want to continue to grow.
- You Multitask.
Just because you think you’re good at multitasking doesn’t mean it’s the best way to get things done. In fact, studies have shown that multitasking reduces the amount of short-term memory you retain from your task. Over time, this reduces your amount of long-term memory as well.
Multitasking makes you miss important details and learn less. It also leads to mistakes. Skip the juggling act and focus on doing one thing well.
You will find that once you are in the groove, you will get so much more done than if you were ‘flipping between tasks’.
- You Sit Too Long.
If you frequently use your computer all day, you’re putting your body through some major stress. In a sitting position, the spine becomes less flexible. This puts strain on the lower back, shoulders and neck. It also reduces blood flow to the brain and lungs — the powerhouses you need to accomplish your best work in the moment and later on in your life.
Take breaks every 20 to 30 minutes. Stretch your back and shoulders while you’re working, and consider adopting a regular yoga or pilates routine. Stretching and strengthening your body can help prevent carpal tunnel syndrome, back spasms, fatigue and repetitive-motion injuries.
If you can, get outside and breath that fresh air, feel the wind on your face or the sunshine on your face. Connect with mother nature and you will find that your focus will improve that much more. Look for the small things in life to give your joy and enjoy what you do. Never loose sight of that, have fun.
So please remember, bad habits don’t have to rule your life or keep you from achieving success. Changing all your habits at once can be overwhelming, so focus on improving one small thing at a time. Before long, you’ll establish habits that help you be your best.
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