In life, it’s very easy to hold yourself back without even realizing it. So many little traits and identifying factors of our personality slip past our minds, and instead we blame others for our failure. Sometimes, rather than there being a definitive factor to “blame”, the issue could be found somewhere within yourself.
Self-inspection is the key to self-improvement, and many of these characteristics could do with being changed without ever even realize you do them!
So, with that in mind, here are some of the more common personality traits that can, even subconsciously, hold you back from making a success of yourself in business, and in life.
1 – Accepting Failure As A Loss
One of the most damning traits that we can associate ourselves with today is a complete disassociation with failure. If we don’t do something right, we rip ourselves to pieces for it. We look at everything we just did as a waste of time, rather than the learning experience it was.
Stop being so hard on yourself, and you might just start to progress. It’s much easier to see yourself improving, and learn from your mistakes, if you don’t denounce yourself every time you don’t get it quite right.
Failure is a huge part of eventually getting to where you want to go. Very few people do it right first time, in any walk of life. Whether it’s a failed marketing campaign or an entire business that isn’t working out, learn from what went wrong. Don’t write off any aspect you can learn from, just because the end result wasn’t perfect.
2 – Focusing On What You Want To Avoid
Another negative aspect that can hold us back from improving and making successes ourselves stems from negativity. Do you often find yourself thinking about what you don’t want, rather than what you do want? It’s very common. You do a certain task in your business, because you don’t want to go broke. You invest in a new product line because you don’t want to fail.
Where’s the motivation in that, though? Fear. Fear brings stress, stress minimizes performances, and when that happens things usually start to fall down. Instead, charge yourself with a positive mentality instead. Success comes from doing something minor because, in the future, it might be the first brick to something major. And that leads us to the next point…
3 – Expecting Everything Today
You look at your business, and you want to try and hit a six-figure turnover this year. To do that, you need to put lots of little things in place that make small improvements, until they all come together at the end. It takes small incremental changes and improvements to make that possible.
Do you relent on doing the small tasks that have minor individual gains because you don’t see the point? Because it’s “not worth it”?
Many people do. They renege on important elements of their business, and don’t put the foundations in place. They want the end product, but can’t see that each of those supposedly pointless, minor tasks build up to it.
So, in essence, the important changes to move revolve around expectancy, mind-set, and your optimism. Try and be more open-minded when you fail, look at the way you frame your goals, and appreciate that time is needed to make all grand plans to fruition.
With that in mind, you’ll be far more likely to succeed in any walk of life!