Have you ever wished you could go back in time and have a "re-do"? As Maya Angelou shared, "Now that I know better, I do better."
But, what if you're unaware that you're sabotaging your success? How can you "do better"? Check yourself for these behavioral pitfalls to prevent disappointment:
1. You procrastinate your success. You keep saying that you'll do it tomorrow. By continuing to postpone necessary action steps, you might feel like you're running in place.
2. You avoid taking personal responsibility. You tend to blame others for your lack of results, your stay stuck in your "story" for inaction, and you see yourself as a victim.
3. You give into your fear instead of leaning into your growth. Anytime you feel fear, you respond by escaping the situation or avoiding it. In doing so, you fail to challenge yourself and thereby fail to develop the skills, stamina, and understanding necessary to help you to advance.
4. You operate in a vacuum. You like to do things on your own. However, you're only as successful as your current level of thinking permits. While you might rise to the level of your thoughts, you limit yourself by limiting your input from others.
5. You don't have an accountability partner. You might set goals, but because no one is watching, when the going gets tough, you stop. Your motivation to succumb to your own low frustration tolerance is higher than your motivation to take action. As a result, things stay the same.
Increasing your awareness of these 5 saboteurs of success can help you, but only if you use your new awareness to make better choices now.
Dr. Pam Garcy is a psychologist and life coach who enjoys helping people apply principles of psychology to set goals, diminish sabotage, and improve their results.