Have you ever wondered why you aren’t seeing many results from your efforts? It could be down to bad habits that are sabotaging your success. Unless you really think about it, you wouldn’t realise the impact these things are having on your life. Here are 10 common habits that could be damaging your chances of success.
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1. Social Media Scrolling
I think we can all agree to the fact that we spend too much time on Social media. Apps have now introduced statistics in which you can see exactly how much time you are spending on the platform. This gets extremely scary when you add up all of your most used apps and work out how much time you are wasting. The next time you think to yourself ‘if only I had time’ – just remember your statistics. Have a think about what you could achieve if you used that time productively.
2. Negative Mindset
This is a bit of a difficult one to advise on as it is different levels of impact for everyone. Even the most positive person can be negative sometimes. I believe it’s important to get to know yourself and how your mind works. Can you easily motivate yourself or do you need to change the way your brain automatically thinks? Either way, your mindset could be stopping you from making a decision that could change your life.
3. Unhealthy Lifestyle
Lets be real, when you eat rubbish food and don’t exercise you feel horrible. We all know this yet it is so hard to keep to a healthy routine. You don’t have to start some crazy diet or workout plan, but choosing to live a healthy, active lifestyle should make a big difference. Even just going for a walk can do wonders for your mindset.
4. Living an ‘instalie’
I have discussed the social media vs reality topic in quite some depth on my blog. Have a read here. If you are trying to portray an image on social media that is not accurate to real life, you are only harming yourself. You end up spending more time procrastinating on the platform in hope of validation from others. I genuinely think everyone is guilty of having done this at some point. Have a little think about how long you are spending on social media and how you are using it. You don’t need to share what you are doing all the time and you don’t need to know what others are doing all the time either.
5. Conforming to society
Society expectations have really taken a toll on me, mainly since I turned 25. You are made to think that you are lacking if you haven’t bought a house, or are single. When in reality, why does it matter if you haven’t done these things? No one ever stops and takes the time to think that you are single because you walked away from bad relationships. It’s not that you are lacking and that no one wants to marry you, you were given the opportunity and you chose to find better for yourself. The same goes for your career, don’t feel bad for having a normal job when you want to do more with your life. Maybe you want to start your own business, or you want to go and travel. Live your life unapologetically and do what makes you happy and get what you want from life. Don’t live by the expectations of societies timelines.
6. Self Comparison
As humans, we all do this naturally. But its to what extent you are doing it that becomes a habit that is hindering your success. You spend so much time looking at what others are doing that you waste so much of your own time. Evaluate others success in a healthy way by acknowledging someones hard work and their results. Do not dwell on others success, you need to focus on putting in the hard work yourself. Eventually it will pay off!
7. 24/7 Girlboss Culture
I am in two minds about this. Yes, you will need to go above and beyond if you want to achieve your goals. Want to start your own business? Yes, you will need to work weekends? But eventually once fully self-employed you can call the shots in regards to how you use your time. But, I don’t think it’s healthy to sit and force yourself to work 24/7. Chances are the quality of your output isn’t going to be very good and you will end up burnt out. You may even lose motivation for what you are working on altogether. My general rule is, if I have lots to do for a certain deadline, then that takes priority over social occasions or things like that. Otherwise, if I am really not in the mood and need a break, I will let myself have one. 9/10 this ends up in me having lots of creative ideas and I will end up working on one of my projects anyway.
8. Lack of Self Care
If you find yourself often unmotivated, think about your self-care routine. If you aren’t taking care of yourself, chances are you are not going to be in the greatest of moods and mindsets. By looking after yourself, mentally and physically, you will feel creative, inspired and focused. Read more here.
9. Being ‘Happy All The Time’
This goes hand in hand with the points relating to Social Media. You are either pretending to be happy on social media or you are looking at people on there, wondering why you aren’t as happy as them. In reality, no one is happy all the time. No matter your circumstances, we can all have bad days. Don’t feel bad if you aren’t feeling 100% but do make sure you try things to help yourself.
10. Self Doubt
This is a huge reason why you may not be achieving as much as you want to. You are most likely doubting if you can actually do it, which is affecting your level of focus and effort you are putting in to the goal. In order to succeed you need to believe that you can do it. If not, what would you need to do to be able to do it?
It’s cliche, but anything really is possible. Before you can achieve, you need to make sure your mindset is in the right place. You also need to use your time in the most productive way possible. After all, everyone has the same 24 hours in the day. Take a look at your social media usage, by cutting this down alone, you have a lot of hours a week to get working on those goals.
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