10 Habits You Should Get Rid Of If You Want To Be More Successful In Life

How to become successful in life? Being successful means being productive. But it’s often hard to be productive when we indulge in a number of habits that distract us and slow us down.

You know how it is: you get up in the morning and you want to have something productive done by midday, but instead you get distracted. Midday comes around and you haven’t actually done anything besides paint your nails, scroll through Facebook, and play with your cat.

One of the things all the successful people have in common is that they’re free of these habits that hinder their progress. And if you want to be more successful, you’ll need to lose them too. Let’s take a look at 10 habits you should get rid of it you want to be more productive and successful.

1. Spending Too Much Time On Social Networks

Social media addiction is not a myth, but is very much a habit for many people. The chances are, it’s even a habit for you. Whether you’re liking, sharing and scrolling as soon as you wake up, or doing the same thing before bed, you’re wasting valuable time on something that doesn’t actually mean much.

Sure, social media is a good way of staying in touch with people. But all too often we overstay our welcome. We hang around in case we miss something funny, or in case we miss a bit of gossip. We read the conversations of strangers just to put off actually having to do something worthwhile, and sometimes we find ourselves mindlessly flicking through the pictures of a total stranger before slapping ourselves in the face and saying, “WHAT AM I DOING?!”

If you want something to fill in the holes between activity, why not start a blog? It’s more productive, and you still get to share information with your friends.

2. Watching Television Before Bed

Another tip on how to become successful in life is to get rid of the habit of watching TV before bed. Lots of people watch a bit of TV before hitting the sack. After all, it’s the perfect way to relax after a long day at work.

But watching TV just before bed can make us more tired the following morning. Often, we really get into a show before realising that it’s now way past our bedtime. Sometimes we even fall asleep during a show, which is equally unhealthy. Moreover, when you watch TV before bed, you lose out on valuable time to be a bit introspective and assess how your day has gone whilst planning your next one.

3. Procrastination

Next tip on how to become successful in life is to avoid procrastination. This is the biggie when it comes to bad habits that prevent us from being productive, efficient and successful, and it’s one that everyone knows all about.

Procrastination is often down to a lack of prioritisation. See, when you don’t decide which task you should do first, you end up doing nothing at all! Instead, you procrastinate. You spend ages deciding what to do, whilst having bit of “fun” in-between. This wastes so much time. To rid yourself of that annoying procrastination, prioritise.

4. Fear of Failure

Fear of failure is a really bad habit that successful people don’t have. Indeed, successful people know that failure is something that happens to all of us, and they see it as an opportunity to learn from our mistakes and grow.

If you fear failure, you won’t take risks. And if you don’t take risks, you won’t achieve anything. Failure is actually our friend and our teacher, and you should start embracing it more often. It will teach you more things about yourself than anything else could.

5. Eating Junk Food

Another tip on how to become successful in life is to avoid eating junk food, which might seem like a bad habit we associate with overweight people, but junk food can actually stop you from being productive and therefore successful.

Junk food is loaded with bad fats (really bad fats), and these bad fats can not only make us flabby, but they can also fog our brains. Once these fats reach our brains, they cloud our judgement, slow us down and inhibit our cognitive faculties from functioning at 100%. In short, they make it impossible for us to perform to our best.

6. Trying To Control What Is Beyond You

No matter how invincible you might think you are, the truth is that there are things which are absolutely beyond your control. And if you continue to waste time trying to influence these things, you are losing valuable time.

Instead, you should write down a list of the things which you can control and a list of the things which you cannot control. Then, focus all your energies on this narrowed down list of things you can control, whilst forgetting all about that other stuff.

7. Making Excuses

How to become successful in life? Stop making excuses. Successful people don’t play the blame game. They’re not lost in a world of excuses, lies and deceit. Instead, they take responsibility. They accept their faults and learn from them.

If you continue to make excuses and pass the buck onto someone or something else, you’ll fail to grow and improve as a person. You’ll live your life short-sightedly and you’ll fail to achieve success. Stop making excuses today, and stand up and be counted. Only then can you move forward.

8. Being Too Hard On Yourself

Some people are way too cruel on themselves and demand way too much. This might seem like it’s a quest for perfection, but it’s similar to the way a demanding dad barks criticism at his ten-year old son on the soccer field. It’s not helpful, and it’s only going to do more damage in the long run. Indeed, you’ll never be happy, if you are too hard on yourself, and you certainly won’t ever please yourself.

Instead, you should be your own cheerleader. Root for yourself no matter what, and install some optimism and an “I CAN DO THIS” attitude. Give yourself some rewards now and then, and keep your spirits high.

9. Thinking About The Negative Past All The Time

Another good tip on how to become successful in life is to let go of your past failures. If you let the emotional baggage of the past drag you down, you’ll find it hard to move forward. You’ll be angry, frustrated and resentful. Do these sound like the traits of a successful person? Nope!

It’s time to let the past be the past and move on. You can’t affect the past in any way, so it’s no use wasting valuable time and energy on it. Think about the bright future instead and what you could have, and go out and grab it.

10. Avoiding Change 

Successful people know they have to adapt to new situations. They don’t change their value systems, but they do change the way they work. They’re flexible and are willing to make significant changes in order to better themselves.

If you would rather remain stuck in your comfort zone, then great. But you won’t be successful, and you possibly won’t be happy. Especially not when everyone else leaves to move onto better things.

How to become successful in life? What are your best tips?

Stay happy!

One Comment

  1. Jessica
    February 5, 2018 at 9:56 am

    Very good advice!


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