There are so many factors that can hold you back from achieving success.
Things that could make them miss success by just an inch, or even a mile. Many of them are simple things that people just don’t seem to be doing, but some are a lot more complex.
12 Things Holding You Back from Achieving Success
The reality is, that it’s all in the mind. Our brains are programmed to push us toward the easiest ways in life, when we’re really looking for the best. Here’s 12 things that could potentially be holding you back from achieving success.
1. You Fear What People Think
One major thing holding people back from achieving success is fear. We’ve all been there. You’re getting anywhere with what you truly want to do because you’re worried what others will have to say about it.
Maybe you have friends who would think you’re mad to do something so different to what ‘the group’ are used to, or possibly you’re embarrassed to share your business with friends and family because they might think it’s silly and ridiculous.
The honest answer? Yes, there will be people who don’t support you and who think your ideas are beyond possible; but it’s not there place to say and neither is it yours to listen. You are capable of whatever you believe you are capable of, and if you listen to others and let it get to you, that’s when your dreams will crumble.
2. You’ve Become Comfortable With the Uncomfortable
The best way to describe this point is by using a car as an example. If you have a cheap little run around car, that won’t have much life left in it, then this will apply quite well to you.
A cheap bashed up car will seem very uncomfortable and difficult to drive when you first get into it. You know that you’re unhappy with the car and that you want something a lot better and smarter. However, after driving it around for a while, you start to get used to it, and it will seem more comfortable and you just won’t care as much about it.
Your mind, and your will to better yourself will slowly deteriorate, along side your car. Before you know it, the car will die and you will be left with nothing because you haven’t been working as hard to get a better one, due to your will disappearing.
An uncomfortable car is still an uncomfortable car 3 years later. The only thing that’s changed is your mind, and not for the better.
3. You Have No Discipline
When I was at school I had no discipline. I would get home, grab a can of coke at switch on the PlayStation. Homework would be done on the bus ride the morning it was due in. I could have done a hell of a lot better if I had just applied myself and taught myself some discipline so that I would get stuff done properly.
The same applies in business. If you don’t have the discipline to push through all the boring moments that are guaranteed to arrive at your feet at one point or the other, then you won’t make it very far.
Just get it done. Properly.
4. You’re Afraid of Change
Some people hate change. They get scared by it. They decide that they don’t want to push themselves hard to then end up with something they are unable to handle. With this mentality, you are committing suicide before you even start.
Change is good. Change is growth and that is incredibly important if you want to make a success of your life. One day you’ll wake up, sick of the same old thing, and wish you’d started to change yourself before it became to late for you to do so.
5. You Have Great Ideas that You Don’t Put to Action
I know what it’s like to get carried away with your thoughts and your picture of success starts to snowball in your mind, before you’ve even began to take action. I naturally over think things, it’s just something I’ve always done.
Having great ideas in your head is excellent, and if you have a big picture of where you want to be then you know what you want to work towards. However, as each day goes by, more ideas in themselves won’t get you any further than you already are.
Daily action is what brings you closer, so why haven’t you started yet?
6. You’re Easily Distracted
This one holds so many people back from achieving success. There won’t be any work being produced if every 30 seconds you decide to check your texts, your emails, your Facebook and so on. Some people like distractions because like I mentioned above, they have no discipline.
Eliminate all distractions from around you, so that you can actually get through some solid hard work without continuously stopping.
7. You Lack Creativity
Creativity doesn’t exactly come as easily to some people as it does to others. It’s not your fault, it’s just one of those skills that is not your best. So what you need to do is improve your creativity, instead of just making do with what you’ve got.
The truth is that anything can spark creativity. It’s different for everyone, but the good news is that your brain is capable of creativity. You just need to work out how to unlock this creativity of yours.
A lot of creativity can now be sprung upon people from just researching things on the internet. If you’re a blogger trying to write a list of new blog posts that you can write, and you’re stuck there with a blank page in front of you; then just researching things on the internet within your niche can make something click inside you. The words suddenly start flowing.
A lot of people will agree that taking your mind off the thing that you need creativity for, and just doing something else different entirely can spark great creativity. Your mind isn’t doing as much thinking, because you’re not making yourself do so, which frees up any thoughts you may have had deep down.
8. You’re Not an Early Bird
I think that most successful people you run into in your life time, will be getting up earlier in the mornings than you. It’s a fact. Just getting up an hour earlier makes such a difference. That’s one whole hour extra of work that you’re putting in and it’s definitely needed.
It’s not an easy thing at first, waking up an hour earlier. Your mind will be telling you not to get up and you will a little more tired than you usually do because you’re not used to it.
The first week will be the hardest, but from then on your body and mind will be used to it. So take the first steps! The only reason you’re currently waking up at 7:00 is so that you can get to your job on time. If you’re job started an hour earlier, you probably wouldn’t be waking up at that time. You’d probably be waking up at 8:00.
It’s just habit, so get out of the old one and into the new one.
9. You Let Failure Cripple You
There’s a reason why so many people that fail first time never try again. It’s absolutely demoralizing to put all your hard work in a project and then witness it fail right in front of your eyes.
Failure is not easy to take, but you know what? It separates the losers from the winners, because the losers will give up completely and the winners will learn from their mistakes and be able to try again implementing what they’ve learnt.
10. You’re Too Impatient
Wealth and fame takes time. Success takes time. You can’t just expect to put %100 in for one month and automatically become the best at your craft. If you’re being impatient and giving up only a short period of time into your work, then you’re obviously not going to get anywhere.
Sometimes impatience can be a good thing, if you can control it. It can force you to work incredibly hard and get things done that others may take quite a while to do. So if you are impatient, be sure to use this wisely with what you do, and not let it get the better of you when it comes to things like the quality of your work, or giving up.
11. You’re Motivated too Much by Money & Not by Passion
Another thing that’s probably holding a lot of people back from achieving success is the fact that their motivated way too much by money, rather than passion and what they actually love.
Money is great, and it’s a good motivator, but it’s not as good as love for the subject at hand. You should know that by now. Your struggle towards success will be hardened if there is no love for what you do. Money is only there when you start to become successful; love is always there.
12. You Haven’t Found What You Were Born to do
Maybe you’re just not quite working on the right things. There are plenty of successful people in the world who started out in one area and then realized it wasn’t quite for them, so they were then able to find out what their true passion was for.
It may take time to find the thing that’s perfect for you, but don’t let that put you off. As long as you’re concentrating on working towards one thing, you’ll soon know whether it’s right for you or not.
4 Blaring Signs You Need A Career Change
Work life, either you love it or you hate it. Well that’s actually best-case scenario considering you would at least know where you stand on your career path. Unfortunately, most of us falls into another category when it comes to are current line on work or career.
We don’t really like the work we do but we don’t necessarily hate the work either. There may be things that truly get under your skin but your still kind of comfortable in the position. That’s a very dangerous place to be for anyone.
Let me take this a step further.
1. Your Life Has Evolved
If you asked me five years ago what the most thought-provoking thing was I had ever seen, I probably would have told you some anime show I was really into.
Ask me that same question now and you’ll get a 360-degree different answer. now the anime show I watched did not change, I’m the one who changed.
I’ve absorbed much different content, learned more about myself, learned more about the world we live in and just a host of new experiences that have give me a broadening of my perspectives. That being said, all of those same can be applied to career and work life.
Most of us in the beginning of our work life don’t know what we want to do with our life or have a vague idea of what we kind of want to do but don’t know how to go about it. Some people get into careers when they are young or single; then overtime their lives change and form to something that is really not conducive with their careers anymore.
Having kids, getting married or just gaining a new philosophy for yourself are all things that can change that. Another situation is that a lot of times we have a notion of what a job entails when we are young; but once we finally reach that career or position we see its not exactly what we thought it would be.
This is one of the worst things because, it can leave you feeling lost and confused about yourself
Whichever of these situations you find yourself into it is still ok. There is nothing wrong with out growing a position or career, to be honest it’s a true sign of growth. Don’t be afraid to act on those feelings. You have gut instincts for a reason.
2. Your Work Environment Does More Harm Than Help
The environment you work in plays a huge part not just in your work life but your life outside of work as well. Anyone who has ever worked in an office setting where their coworkers really didn’t like to be there; or the work they do so everyone’s all Nagy and always ready to snap at someone.
These kinds of people tend to really enjoy office gossip and just give the whole office a negative vibe. If I had to guess this is something that plagues many of a work place across the country.
What makes it even worse is that negative energy follows you home and can really stick with you if you aren’t careful. Its pretty much common knowledge that under chaotic or work environments with constant distractions work production is cut by more that 50%.
That’s really no surprise considering on average it takes about 25 minutes to get back focused once you’ve been distracted. What it all boils down to is, if your work environment is not working for you, then you shouldn’t be working for it.
3. Your Industry Is Dying
This is a huge one that a lot of people are facing in today’s work climate. Many industries have become all but extinct due to technology improvement and innovation.
Most people hear that and instantly think of the fast food industry and lower level jobs in that nature, but it goes far beyond just that. If you want a prime example, look no further that the taxi industry. It had been obliterated by the rapid rise of Uber.
Some of the biggest taxi companies that have established brands names and have been around for decades are finding themselves in a bit of trouble. There was no way they could have predicted such a service would come along that allows people to share their car with others, but it did.
Here are a few tips for those in a similar situation:
- Take the skills and knowledge you’ve amounted in your current career and find a way to apply it to another profession.
- Looks for possible innovations that can be implemented into your current field that beings it some new life.
- Simply find a new industry all together! That may sound scary but its never to late to learn something new.
There are so many options as comes to earning money and doing what you love. Don’t be afraid to try something new and refreshing if you feel your current position makes you feel old and stagnant or just doesn’t supply what you need anymore.
4. Your Work Does Not Inspire You Anymore
Finally, we are to the real meat and potatoes of this thing. One of the biggest issues with today’s society is that so many people are doing jobs that they A. don’t feel are important or truly impactful, B. the work they are doing does not inspire or spark them at all.
To be completely honesty it shows. So many people are unhappy with their lives; and a lot of times it stems from the kind of work they are doing on an everyday basis.
If you find yourself in this situation, get out now! I’m about to mention something we have all heard a million times but it’s true. Say you want to really excel at something, make sure it is something that you are passionate about because if its not it wont last.
The level of success that we all want takes more than just wanting it, you must have a bit of an obsession if you really, deeply want it. when times get hard your inspiration, hunger and drive is what will push you forward.
If you don’t have a powerful underlying reason for you wanting or doing something impactful or huge, what’s going to keep you going through the times of hardship? Those days will come but that’s all a part of the game.
Find a career path that not only gives you meaning but something that puts a fire in your soul. When you love what you do you are not working, your building. I promise it will take you far.
Here’s a quick recap on the 4 signs you need a career change:
- Your life has evolved
- Your work environment does more harm than help
- Your industry is dying
- Your work does not inspire you anymore
Are you looking for a career change? Leave a comment below.
5 Ways Quitting Smoking is Beneficial for Your Career Development
Smoking has far-reaching consequences that are subtle enough for the layman to ignore. Its harm to the body is well established but modern research links smoking with decreased social life and work performance.
The indirect burden of smoking falls directly on the company’s books. Hence, major corporations discourage smoking in the workplace. The evidence against smoking and its negative link with one’s career is well documented in the report from Federal Bank of Atlanta that outlines the economic consequences of being a smoker.
It correctly states that not only companies but also individuals have to carry the burden of smoking. Smokers and non-smokers have a wide wage gap, with smokers earning lower wages on average.
It is no wonder that more and more companies now prefer nonsmokers and sometimes have no-smoking policies of their own. Medical establishments like Cleveland Clinic and Baylor Health Care System have a strict no-smoking policy for its employees while non-health corporations like Union Pacific Railroad, Scotts Miracle-Gro, and Alaska Airlines, have also shown the door to smokers.
5 Ways Quitting Smoking Boosts Your Career
Not all companies are so blatant but most workplaces have a negative-bias towards smoking, which hinders the smoker’s career to a large extent. In this article, we look at the ways smoking can cause irreplaceable damage to your career and work performance.
We will also look at some remedies through which you can minimize the harmful effects of smoking. First, let’s look at five ways on how your career can flourish by giving up the smoke.
1. Healthier Body
A healthy body is more efficient and productive, and one of the most important prerequisites to any job. A healthy body naturally makes us more active, focused and ambitious, which naturally reflects on our work performance and productivity.
Smoking has direct links with lethargy and exhaustion. It steals our precious energy to excel and makes us less ambitious. Scientific research shows that smoking causes a depletion of oxygen capacity of blood, which hinders vital life force to our organs and muscles, including our brain.
On the other hand, a healthier body has a robust circulation of blood, which helps them work extra-long hours with more efficiency. Smokers also tend to take more sick leaves which makes them lose focus on their work.
2. Confidence Boost
Smoking comes with a ton of side effects which affect our social life and consequently, our self-confidence. One of the most basic irritants of smoking is the lingering smell of burnt ashes, tar, and nicotine.
This smell is bad enough for people to ignore a smoker. Smoking also causes bad breath, discolored teeth, and pale skin, which have big psychological effects in a professional workplace. If you happen to be in the PR and Marketing sector, many people will form a negative perception, based on your hygiene.
These factors can be a big blow to your self-esteem and precipitate into workplace isolation or depression. On the brighter side, quitting smoking can improve your dental hygiene, skin, and save you from the smoky smell.
If you can’t quit smoking at once, consider regular e-cigs as one of the prevalent alternatives. The vaping community may have some real solutions for your smoking problem.
3. Role Model
We live in a society which is not only addictive to smoking but also recognizes its harmful effects.
This study, done by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, found that 70% of smokers wanted to quit smoking. Thus, society accepts the evils of smoking and it also naturally rewards nonsmokers.
Nonsmokers are often viewed subconsciously as role models, and they stand as a good leader. No company would want a smoker for a leadership role as it imbibes the organization with the wrong vibe.
These things mostly operate in our sub-conscious mind and non-smoker are perceived as more disciplined, focused and energetic than someone who slouches to smoke.
4. Improved Focus
Smoking has an ironical effect on our brain. In the short term, the nicotine push actually improves our concentration and focus. However, it takes our pleasure center to a new normal and it quickly becomes an irritant when there is no nicotine.
Without a constant supply of smoke, the heightened concentration wanes off and then the smoker tends to become fickle and erratic. In the long term, smoking is just being a slave to nicotine.
To control nicotine, you can either go for nicotine pills or vaping e-juices, both of which delivers controlled levels of nicotine for you to escape the addiction cycle.
Some of the best vapes in the vaping community have high levels of filtration and low levels of nicotine, which is way more desirable than smoking a full cigarette.
4. Less Stress and Anxiety
Smoking has been associated with increased levels of stress and anxiety.
Constant smoking causes an overflow of dopamine, a chemical that is responsible for uplifting our moods, in our brain. The excess amount of dopamine has withdrawal symptoms when it starts to return to normal levels.
This causes inner stress without any outer cause and aggravates itself in any particular stressful situation. In some cases, the pent-up stress explored into fits of rage and anger. This is extremely undesirable in a workplace and can put a big black spot in your career.
Short-term pleasure-seeking, which is caused by excessive dopamine, also clouds our thinking and our perception of long-term risks. If you are prone to high blood pressure or have problems managing your stress, you should seek medical/psychological care rather than puffing on your cigarette.
Smoking is the root of many evils. Most smokers are just victims of the fast pace of 21st-century lifestyle and fake perceptions created in popular media. Many consider it as a necessary evil to get on with the day, and there is some bit of truth in there.
However, smoking is the leading cause of preventable deaths in the US. It may be a painful sacrifice but completely doable. Many ex-smokers have successfully transformed themselves with the help of vaping.
If you follow vape news, then you should know that vaping is one of the purest alternatives to smoking tobacco. Vaping is basically vaporizing e-juices or dry herbs, and not burning them. An average smoke from a cigarette carries more than 7000 chemicals and most of it comes from the burning of dry leaves.
On the other hand, e-cig smokers enjoy pure e-vapor, devoid of any tar, ashes, or harmful residue. If you wish to evolve yourself out of smoking but you are struggling with the withdrawal symptoms, then vaping might just be the most pragmatic thing for you to do.
The meticulous study from BMJ Journals details out the impact of smoking on work performance. It concludes that smokers have greater absenteeism due to sickness, decreased attention span, are more stressful and costs the company more money in lost man-hours.
But in the first place, quitting smoking is your window of opportunity. Just think how productive, relaxed, focused and self-satisfied you would be.
Are you quitting smoking? Leave a comment below.
Why People Often Give up on the Journey to Success
Almost everybody wants to achieve massive financial success;
But only a handful of us manage to achieve it.
In the early stages of the journey to success; people are always enthusiastic, and they have no doubt in their mind that they’ll be able to pull it off.
However, after long periods of hard, gruelling work; many people give up because they find out that financial success is seriously tough to achieve. Only a few people manage to stick it out until they reach their own definition of the word.
Why People Give Up on the Journey to Success
After analyzing many successful people, as well as those who never reached their goals; it dawned on me that there is a major reason why some people give up. And why some persevere on this journey to success.
There are primary factors involved, in which the people who fail do not embrace. These are the factors make them give up whilst still only working towards their goals. Those who finish the race embrace these factors, while those who fail to embrace them, never achieve success.
Here are 7 major factors that make people give up on their journey to success:
Humility is an essential factor on the road to success. Success in almost anything requires individuals to embrace humility. Many entrepreneurs claim that they had to conduct door to door sales in the early stages of their businesses.
Besides this, some actors such as Emilia Clarke, claim that they had to accept insignificant roles in the first stages of their careers before they were given major roles.
Despite the fact that humility is essential for the early stages of any career, many people give up after realizing that they will have to be down to earth in the beginning stages for them advance further.
In this egocentric society people feel ashamed to act humble, and so they avoid situations that force them to be humble at all costs.
2. Extremely Hard Work
50 Cent revealed that he worked so hard that he sacrificed sleeping for three days. He claimed that sleep is for poor people.
Hard work is, therefore, the key to success.
Hard work leads to mastery, self-confidence, builds character, and it also leads to luck because luck occurs when opportunity meets preparedness. Those who manage to succeed know the importance of hard work, and therefore, they embrace it by making hard work a habit.
However, the average person is pretty damn lazy. They only work 8 to 10 hours a day, and then clock out and shut off, still expecting to succeed in life. The average person gives up when they realize that achieving success requires them to get out of their comfort zone and work hard, both day and night.
3. Risk Taking
Success requires an individual to take a massive amount of risks, ranging from personal to financial risks.
Analyse the biographies of successful people, and you will realize that a large percentage of them took large risks. Such as investing all their funds in a project, dropping out of college, or quitting their jobs.
However, the average person avoids taking risks, and if he takes a big risk and fails, he gives up to go back to mind numbing safe and secure ventures.
Perseverance is a critical factor in the journey to prosperity. In my opinion, perseverance is the ability to continue having faith and working hard towards your goals even when things are not going as you expected. Many people give up when they face massive setbacks.
However, only the brave and the bold persevere regardless of how man heart-breaking obstacles they encounter. Jack Ma, the internet entrepreneur, worked on Alibaba in its early stages despite the fact that the company failed to achieve profits in the first three years.
Today, Alibaba is one of the most valuable companies in the world, and Jack Ma is one of the richest people in the world.
A lack of patience is what makes many people give up chasing their dreams. Statistics reveal that it takes 5 to 10 years of hard work on a project before it becomes incredibly successful.
However, many individuals give up, especially if they don’t see huge results after a month, 3 months, 6 months, a year, even 3 years in. Giving up after 3 years in is stupid. You’ve already put in all the hard work. You’re so close. The modern world is governed by instant gratification: people expect success to show up on their doorsteps after few months of putting in effort.
We want to succeed as fast as possible; and we, therefore, quit when we realize just how long it’s actually going to take for even the first signs of success to appear.
Gary Vaynerchuk, an author and internet personality, once said that the main reason why people fail to achieve success is the lack of optimism. I absolutely agree with him.
Optimism refers to the confidence about the realization of a specific expected outcome. In the beginning steps of the journey to success, many people are always optimistic about the achievement of their goals.
However, after facing some obstacles, the level of optimism in most people greatly reduces hence resulting in them giving up. Only the individuals who are optimistic regardless of whatever happens are those who manage to achieve success.
The optimists often fail to give up because even if they face obstacles, they always believe that success is around the corner.
Those who manage to achieve financial success often have faith in their abilities: they believe in their skills, and they know that nothing can stop them.
Besides this, it is easy for a self-confident person to achieve success because they believe in their ability to overcome any problems that they might face.
Self-confidence ensures an individual continues moving forward even if they knows that there’s a very hard and mentally challenging climb to come. On the other hand, it is easy for an under-confident individual to give up because they’re discouraged by the slightest problem that they might face.
Also, an under-confident person often fails to think rationally because the lack of faith in themselves ensures that they make emotional decisions. Lastly, an under-confident person always gives up because they shy away from obstacles; simply because they don’t think they can overcome them.
Here’s a quick recap on the 7 major factors why people give up on the journey to success:
- Extremely hard work
- Risk Taking
Do you know someone who gave up whilst on their journey to success? What made them give up? Leave a comment below.
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