Being successful isn’t easy. If it was, everyone would be, and we would have fewer problems in today’s society. I do believe that most people can be successful if they really wanted to be. I’ve compiled five habits that people are doing that keep them from being a success.
Getting up late
You can’t expect to be a success in anything by sleeping until 12 or 1 pm each day. You have to get up and seize the moment. A lot of successful people accomplish tons of things before 9 am. You can do it as well. In the past, I was that person sleeping until 1 pm on the weekends. I learned that to be a successful person I couldn’t afford to do that. The early bird does get the worm.
Watching too much TV
Watching too much TV will keep you on your couch. To be a success, you have to minimize the amount of TV that you’re watching. How could you possibly be productive if you’re watching TV every hour that you’re home? You can’t be. By turning the TV off, you will become more focused, and you will be able to think clearly. There are a lot of people who love TV. They let it control their life. They waste countless hours watching reality television and then wonder why they are stuck in life. Don’t become that person.
This is one habit that I have to fight from time to time. When you procrastinate, you put stuff off to do it later, but most times you don’t do it. I put the picture below on my wall to help me stay motivated.
It’s that serious. A lot of people procrastinate and don’t try to change. If you don’t try to change you will be doing nothing forever. I can finally say that I don’t procrastinate as much as I used to. I get most of the things done that I have to do in a timely matter. When you’re busy, you just can’t afford to procrastinate.
Always being available
You can’t always be available. What I mean by being available is answering every phone call, text, IM, tweet or Facebook notification. You have to turn those things on silent or off from time to time to be a success. For example, how could you write an excellent blog post if you’re constantly paying attention to your phone? It’s damn near impossible. It may be a struggle in the beginning, but you have to start worrying about yourself.
A lot of people have good ideas and goals, but they can’t pursue them because they have no discipline. Sometimes getting discipline takes time but it is worth it. Whether you’re trying to pay off debt or lose weight you will have to have some type of discipline. There’s a saying out there that goes like this. “Suffer the pain of discipline or the pain of regret.” That is a word right there. At the end of the day, you’re the one that has to decide if something is important enough for you to disciplined for.
Those were five habits that are keeping you from success. You have to make changes if you want to be successful. I believe that you can do it, but you have to work on some things.
Have you ever had any of these habits before? How did you get over them?