Your daily habits can make or break your progress and success. When it comes to goal setting and achieving success in life, you have to get rid of certain things whether they are your habits or your mindset. Here are 5 of the most common mistakes people make that hinder success in their lives. Chuck them out the window, and you are on the road to success.
- Waiting for that perfect time
You don’t have to wait for a perfect moment, day or year to start working on your goals and dreams. This is called procrastination. If you think you can only start doing something once X is done or if someone gives you a permission slip, then you are wrong. E.g. If you want to lose weight you aren’t going to say, “I will start eating healthy once I join the gym or vice versa”, “I will leave this draining job and start my own business once I think I’m ready” or “I will start studying once I get the time”. You have to make time to start doing these things because 90% of the time, people who think in this way never end up pursuing their goals. You have to fight for your dreams, hunt them down like a bloodthirsty hound or a warrior and make your mark in this world.
- Not setting realistic goals
I know setting goals is very important, but you have to start with baby steps. Commence with little achievable things — things you can handle initially, and then work your way up. This will ensure that you don’t get overwhelmed or overworked and don’t start to feel like giving up. Many people, due to excitement and enthusiasm set too many simultaneous goals for themselves and when they aren’t able to achieve them, they get disheartened and start doubting themselves. Just focus on 1-2 major goals and focus on them alone.
- Not creating a plan
Writing down goals and making an action plan are two different things. You need to make a proper blueprint of how you are going to achieve your goals. You have to know what steps you will need to take from point A to get to Point B and beyond. Simply daydreaming about your dreams and ambitions is setting yourself up for failure.
- Doing the same things repeatedly
Just because you couldn’t achieve something by doing it in a certain way does not mean you shouldn’t try to achieve it any other way. Maybe your approach is wrong and you should try different strategies. Thomas Edison, when asked about failing a thousand times before finally making the perfect light bulb, stated: “I didn’t fail a thousand times, I simply found a thousand ways not to make a light bulb.
- Comparing your success with others
You have to realize that everyone in this world is on their own journey. Everybody’s success has its own pace, therefore you need to stop comparing yourself with others. It will make you lose focus from your own goals, and you will easily get distracted. Don’t compare apples with oranges. Follow your own path steadily, and you’ll surely meet success.