10 Things most people do that prevent them from achieving success

Do you believe that anyone can be a success? Or are you sitting back and resigning yourself to your fate? Most successful people will say that life is what you make it to be, not what is preordained for you, so take a look at these ten things that could be holding you back and stopping you from achieving the success that you deserve:

1. Asking too many ‘what if’ questions and being afraid to jump in

Many people don’t even get of the starting block, because they are too busy analysing a situation and weighing up all the pros and cons. Look before you leap, is always sound advice, but at some point, you’re going to need to jump!

2. Fear of failure to the point of never even trying

If you never try, you never will know, so you might as well give it a go. If you are sensible about your decision making, then failure won’t hurt anything more, than your own ego. You will be respected by others, and respect yourself far more if you try, than if you don’t.

3. Setting the bar too low

Many people misunderstand what setting goals is all about; they confuse the small achievements along the way for the bigger picture. A goal is something that is a life changing, long term aspiration, not a quick fix for next week.

4. A lack of commitment

People who achieve their goals are committed to them. They take the knockbacks and the failures along the way in their stride and they don’t give up on their ultimate goal.

5. Dreaming, but not taking action

You can dream of winning lottery, but if you don’t buy a ticket, then you won’t win it! Inaction is a big barrier to success, so don’t just think about it, do it!

6. Trying to please everybody

Nobody wants to think that they would just tread on everybody else on the way to the top, but to be successful, you have to accept that you can’t please everyone, all the time. You can’t study for a diploma and be out with your friends as well. Somewhere along the line, you will have to do things that some other people may not like or understand.

7. Not taking advice and always trusting only your own wisdom

Even the biggest successes in the world have advisors. No single person can know all there is to know, and people who are not willing to admit this, are unlikely to achieve success.

8. Not making clear plans

If you are going on a long journey, then you will need a map. To be successful at anything you need to plan and you need to be able to modify that plan, as changes in circumstances dictate. Most things don’t happen by chance, you need to make them happen.

9. Not being willing to change course

You need perseverance to succeed, but equally you need to recognise when a root to success simply isn’t working. Sometimes, plans need to be modified and there is no point in repeating something that hasn’t worked, over and over again.

10. Being afraid of success itself

Success means change, and many people are afraid of change, even if it is for the better. Some people hold themselves back, because they are afraid that they will lose their friends, have to move home or do unfamiliar things. To be a success you need to embrace change, after all, that is what you are aiming for.

Do you know some other keys to success? What other things most people do that prevent them from achieving success?

Stay happy!

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