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As we all pursue success in its various forms, we may be unknowingly sabotaging our own success. We are doing everything within our power to achieve our goals and become a successful individual. But we may be blinded by our efforts. Over and over we’ve seen people spin their wheels, working hard and getting nowhere. It’s because simply exerting effort isn’t enough – we also need to be aware of principles which may seem counterintuitive but will ensure success. Don’t sabotage yourself. It’s time to take control.
5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Success
Going Too Hard
It’s part of the American dream to hustle. We are expected to do our very best, always, all the time. If we work hard enough we can reach our goals. Except that sometimes working too hard will sabotage our goals. Pushing too hard in a certain direction without assessing your direction can show you that you climbed a ladder that’s been set up the wrong wall.
Never Taking Breaks
The companion of Going Too Hard, Never Taking Breaks leads almost exclusively to burnout. Not only will you eventually run out of gas if you never stop to refuel, but your brain will grow tired and stale. You lack creativity and lose drive.
Worrying About Others
What will they think of your plan? How will they treat you? Will they understand? Worrying too much about other people and how they factor into your success is one of the fastest ways to sabotage your goal. Choose a goal that matters to you, then forget about how others might view it.
Being Too Specific
Unfortunately, some goals just might be unattainable. If you set a goal that is only monetary or incredibly specific, it makes the target very clear – but also very tiny. It can be much more helpful to set a goal that is slightly more generalized or a smaller goal with future steps of progress.
Too Much Research
Do you spend lots of time researching, analyzing, reconfiguring, planning, or otherwise assessing your goal and progress? It’s called analysis paralysis and might actually be preventing you from making meaningful progress. Just start, and try to let go of research and assessments that can slow you down or keep you from doing the actual work.
We all do these – often at the same time. How do we stop? By addressing the sabotaging behaviors we have and refocusing on what matters: our goal, our progress, and above all – our happiness in life. You can do it! Just get out of your own way!