8 Mistakes That Stand In The Way Of Your Success

Common Mistakes That Prevent Success

Success might not seem worth the stress, struggle, and disappointment. Success is quite simple, though not necessarily easy; so, avoiding the mistakes that limit success is the best first step towards achieving success. Recognizing and avoiding these errors can provide a stepping-stone to new levels of achievement. Here are the success-limiting mistakes that you should avoid.

1Not Having Effective Habits In Place

Regardless of your definition of success, some habits will help to ensure its achievement and others that create barriers. Ask yourself if you're currently living in a way that brings you closer to success each day. What habits do you need to demonstrate each day to guarantee success? Great achievements take time. It's the little things done over a long period that make the difference.

2Lack Of Clear And Concise Goals

If you don't have a goal, how will you know if you're successful? What is your target? Successful people have goals and review them regularly, while unsuccessful people aren't sure what they want.

3Lack Of A Plan

Those that struggle, often, live by default. They don't have a plan and a direction, and the result is living life reactively. They're either being passive or putting out fires. Put a plan in place that moves your life in a positive direction.

4Mistaking Busyness For Productiveness

Mistaking 8 hours of activity for 8 hours of productivity is the result of flawed thinking. The Pareto Principle dictates that 20% of your possible options contribute to 80% of your success. Most people gravitate toward the more relaxed, more comfortable activities that provide a limited return on your time. Being busy isn't the same as making real progress. Choose activities that have the most significant effect.

5A Lack Of Consistency

Champions are consistent to the extreme. You might not be interested in planning out your day to the minute and living that same day, over and over again; success does require more consistency that the average person is willing to demonstrate. Spend time each day on reaching your goals.

6Not Dealing With Discomfort Effectively

Progress requires new behaviors, and new behaviors are inherently uncomfortable on some level. Comfort is only found in repetition, and repeating the past practices, keep your life at a standstill. Successful people can deal with trouble and move forward. Breathing exercises, prayer, meditation, and yoga are a few tools for moving past discomfort. Being uncomfortable doesn't have to be a reason, not to do something.

7Not Learning From Mistakes And Failures

The most successful people are those that failed the most. It's common to avoid failure, but this is a mistake. While failure is never the objective, it's an expected part of attaining success.

Your first attempt at anything is merely a starting point. Failure is the tool necessary to improve. Failure is an undesired result that allows you to make a better attempt next time. Constant improvement ultimately ends in success.

8Preoccupation With What Can't Be Changed

There is a multitude of things in life that can't be altered. In particular, you can't change the past. Learn to let go and focus on the things you can change.

Success can be elusive, but it's much easier to find when you can avoid the most common mistakes. Avoiding mistakes is a pivotal part of success. Create a few goals and then create habits that support those goals. Deal with discomfort and learn from your mistakes. Success can be that simple.

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John Quintana

John Quintana is a proud Cuban, a lifelong resident of Miami, Florida, where he lives surrounded by a loving family. When he's not writing, he spends his time either fishing or in the kitchen.