How many times you did things intentionally or subconsciously that didn’t lead to advance your success? In order to eliminate these destructive behaviors, you have to acknowledge them. Below are some of the most flagrant.
1- Confusing activity with achievement
Ask yourself the question: Are the things that keep you busy day, night and weekend the right ones? The hours and the number of items you are working on at the same time don’t make you successful. Instead try to focus on the items that have impact on your goals and don’t confuse being busy with progressing in your career. The true corporate success is the result of dedicated effort to reach long-term goals.
2- Looking for perfection
According to Leo Tolstoy, “if you look for perfection, you’ll never be content”. The pursuit of perfection can lead to frustration and be a huge waste of time and energy that could be more productively applied elsewhere. According to psychotherapist Mel Schwartz, “The closest thing to perfection is the ability to be fully present. Without any distracting thoughts measuring or grading ourselves, we’re free to really be in the moment. It’s in that moment that we’re truly alive. Yet, the perfectionist isn’t typically present as they’re either busy critiquing the past and replaying their every decision or worrying about their future decisions.”
3- Avoiding risk
Avoiding risk is not a career success strategy. And taking too much risk can’t be the most effective tactic either. You have to calculate the risks that will help you develop and grow your professional path. Without risk, you will stay where you are and you will never move forward. Try to evaluate risks depending on their ability to help you attain your goals, then follow the ones that will give you the best opportunity to progress.
4- Letting fear obstruct improvement
Fear can cause paralysis and stagnation in your career and can stop you in your tracks. It often resides and develops in the imagination, where bad images can become bigger than reality. Don’t let fear impact your progress and start with a new mindset.
5- Failing to plan
All successful people do set a plan for their work. They also set their goals and objectives. They analyze their work and measure success. Emergencies appear in work but reacting to them should not be your strategy for success and try as much as you can to not let them divert you from your plan. In case they do, you have to delegate, or politely be brief, or hit “delete.”