We all have our bad habits. Whether it be talking over other people, not listening, check our phones too much, overspending, underspending, eating off the floor, right, enough, we’re not perfect. However, becoming a successful individual doesn’t necessarily mean ironing out these creases but rather avoiding the real self-destructing factors.
The sinister nature of our bad habits are that they are usually subconscious; things we don’t realise we’re even doing until someone either points it out to us or they cause a negative ripple in our lives.
The first step to becoming successful is identifying these self-destructing habits and figuring out the best way of dealing with them. Here are five examples as highlighted by Inc.
1. “Limiting yourself to other people’s definition of success”
This is a double edged sword resulting in either underachievement or guilty overachievement. You need to work by your standards and strive for what’s important to you but also know and obey your own limitations. It’s also important to remember that success is rarely ever one singular thing.
2. “Losing sight of your goals”
Self-destructing doesn’t always have to be the dramatic explosion is sounds to be. Losing focus leads to apathy. When you wake up and stop caring about what you’re working on, you might be in a bit of trouble. This will lead to you digging yourself into a negative space that might be difficult to get out of again.
3. “Neglecting to look after yourself”
Burnout is a totally common form of self-destruction. Successful people place a huge precedence on their own health making sure they get enough sleep and nutrients. A slow burnout is just as threatening as a one-day blowout.
4. “Getting involved in drama”
Within the context of the office, drama should be steered away from like the plague. Being on the receiving end of it can be disastrous but building a reputation as a purveyor of office gossip can lead to an ego-trip and your inevitable demise.
5. “Seeking approval from others”
Don’t preoccupy yourself with worries of what other people think of you. Plain and simple as that!