Hey guys, Pawnina here! Finally, we’ve gone through a festive night of scares and creeps. As the Halloween fever dies away, it’s time to get back on track and make the most out of the remaining weeks of 2016 (51 days until Christmas!).
It’s really a bit scary to know that you are just in the same place as last year, but don’t get this idea wrong. If you are in a place that you love, growing and improving, plus if you feel it in your bones that you are in the right place, then you don’t have to worry.
For those out there who fear the uncertainty, and who go nuts and are lost and are confused from remaining stuck in the same place and feeling like their passion is decomposing away, maybe there are certain bad habits that’s killing your successful well-being silently.
1) Keeping mum.
There are people who work silently, and others who work loudly. Nothing against how work is done as long as the productivity level is good, but good is not enough. If you just remain good, you are not moving a step up the ladder. Breezing through the day without voicing out your ideas or opinion is a deadpan skill unfit for an organizational environment.
According to a University research, interpersonal skills is one of the top ten valued workplace skills. The seven types of interpersonal skills needed to succeed are: verbal communication, non-verbal communication, listening skills, negotiation, problem-solving, decision-making and assertiveness.
2) Chronically late.
Time is gold and being chronically late (30 minutes and an hour) is wasting the economic value that you carry. Tardiness shows how poor your time management skills are. This habit leads to consequences that can ruin your successful well-being. You are building a reputation where people won’t trust you, and you jeopardize your chances for advancement as well.
Business Insider reports that successful people such as Apple CEO Tim Cook, U.S. First Lady Michelle Obama, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong, Twitter and Square CEO Jack Dorsey among others are incredibly early. They take their pre-sunrise time on jogging, doing yoga, eating a healthy breakfast, working out, checking e-mails and reading.
Say no to “It’s better late than never” because “The early bird catches the worm.”
3) Not taking risks.
“It’s RISKY NOT TO TAKE CHANCES.”
- Mark Zuckerberg
Successful people start being by successful the moment they take risks. Being risk-averse won’t bring you anywhere. We wouldn’t have the Harry Potter world if J.K. Rowling did not take a risk, we wouldn’t have Mirosoft if it weren’t for Bill Gates taking the risk, we wouldn’t have beautifully typed font faces and the incredible apple technology if Steve Jobs wouldn’t take the risk. The list goes on, and taking risk is the stepping stone to success.
Risks entails great unforeseen opportunities, lessons, confidence and a whole lot more. So, jump and overcome your greatest fear, yourself.
4) Being Extravagant.
Most successful people often started by living frugally. They say old habits die hard, so its not surprising that the habit of saving has followed their path to success.
“I have more than I can earn, why won’t I spend the money I have!” Well, this mindset is not how the truly wealthy really thinks. The true-blooded rich avoid overspending. They spend their money wisely and invest smartly. They save 20 percent of their net income and live on the remaining 80 percent.
5) Procrastinating too much.
Procrastination is an obvious habit as people tend to delay at work, school, home and even relationships. Not only do slackers lead to murdering productivity, it is also filled with guilt, stress, and depression with no sense of direction. This depletes the quality of one’s life.
Procrastination is a human tendency but practicing to avoid this before it becomes a habit is a must. Successful people know this and they do ways to keep procrastination at bay.
6) Gossip as a past time.
“Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”
Successful people never gossip! There’s that. Instead, successful people use communication to build relationships and networks. Gossips are a huge distraction. They take precious time away and do not contribute to success.
7) Complains, complains, complains.
Unsuccessful people complain about problems, complain about the issues and complain about their burden. But hey, if you want a successful life, don’t go for an easy life. The road to success is not a beautifully paved highway, it is an adventure with ups and downs, bumps and stops and twists and turns.
Why the successful people are at the finish line you ask? They see problems as an opportunity for growth and learning. These people use problems as a foundation to discover and create solutions, to make the world a better place. So, stop the complaining and start accepting.
8) Do not learn to acknowledge mistakes.
“Every master was once a beginner. Every pro was once an amateur.”
People who do not acknowledge mistakes won’t get too far. Mistakes and failures are essential to success. You get t learn from them. Successful people are not a know-it-all being. They acknowledge the beginner’s step. They get mentors to teach them and allow mistakes to shape them.
9) Boasting out their plans and goals.
Ever tried boasting out your plans but eventually, the plans just remain as plans? Well, there’s a secret to why you are not yet successful in carrying out your goals.
As explained in a TED talk by Derek Sivers, goals should remain a secret. Presenting research stretching as far back as the 1920s, Sivers showed why people who talk about their ambitions may be less likely to achieve them.
The talk showed that repeated psychology tests have proven that telling someone your goal makes it less likely to happen. Psychologists calls it “social reality,” where the mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it’s already done.
So, the next time you have goals, keep them for yourself.
10) Lack of belief in oneself.
People who do not believe on their full potential will never get to their destination. Settling on a mediocre and easy life is not the key traits to success. That also includes not having a clear goal in mind, no financial goals, no personal goals and no nothing. Life is meant to be lived, not to feel the regret at the end for doing the things you did not do. Successful people, no matter how others pin them down, use it as a challenge to motivate themselves to be their best versions.
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