Every action we embark on is the result of a thought created in our mind. What we think about determines our actions. Over time and through repetition, our actions become habits and we know habits affect our overall behavior. All habits have a profound impact on our behavior… and ultimately, our lives.

Since you eventually become what you do repeatedly, then it’s probably safe to say if your current habits are not helping you, they’re hurting you. Many people are secretly aware that they’re own habits are holding them back from reaching personal success, but feel stuck when it comes to changing these self-destructive behaviors.

According to Dr. Art Markman, PhD and executive editor of the Journal of Cognitive Science, it’s imperative for people to identify the habit they want to change. This will help with disrupting the specific actions that account for the habit. He also suggests people force themselves to think about the habit and not allow it to become mindless. By focusing on your unproductive habits you will then better be equipped to identify the triggers and patterns that prompt them in the first place.

If you’re not sure that your habits play a direct hand in your success, consider these common success-breaking practices.

Working only for a paycheck
Millions of people are guilty of working without interest and only for their paycheck. The result is the feeling of imprisonment. Whether you realize it or not, this method of making a living sucks away your happiness and your drive to succeed and leaves you wishing you had somebody else’s job.

It’s important to design a lifestyle that negates the saying, “Don’t let your work define who you are” and change your habits to “I will perform work that defines me”. By performing work that defines the essence of who you are, if even it’s only to a small degree, you will generate fulfillment out of what you do for a living and put quality in your work and happiness in your heart.

Focusing on difficulties
Although it’s normal to have a bad day, focusing on hardships will affect your life both personally and professionally. If your habit is to focus on difficulties, then you’re only expanding these adversities by making them a bigger part of your life. Instead, change your habitual way of thinking to realize that every new day brings with it new possibilities and use these steps to move forward.

Allowing fears and worries hold you back
Approximately 80 percent of Americans sleepwalk through their life by fulfilling jobs they dislike and eventually regretting that they lived the life others expected of them and not the life they wanted. For most, once we find a manageable set of circumstances, once we create a routine, a pattern, we are rocked into a soft bed of familiarity, warm and comfortable.

We settle into a familiar routine where there are few defeats, denials, rejections or failures. Day to day, things tend to cruise along, not getting much worse, but not getting much better or, in fact, much different at all. The greatest way to miss out on succeeding and living the life you want is to give in to your (often unfounded) anxiety and fears.

Waiting for the right time
That perfect moment you’re waiting for does not exist. Any successful person will tell you that moments are not perfect — they are what you make them. Instead of waiting around for the stars to align and opportunity to come knocking, consider changing your thoughts by learning to use life’s imperfect moments, perfectly. That means instead of waiting for the perfect moment, be willing to act in the face of imperfection. What’s the worst that’s going to happen?

 

Article Author: Smiljan Mori is the founder of MindOver™ Network, Brilliant solutions for Performance, Motivation and Happiness. He has literally created a successful business and coaching empire from scratch and is a best-selling author and motivational speaker who brings unparalleled professional experience and the latest scientific research from neuroscience and positive psychology to audiences around the globe. He has shown more than 150,000 people from 50 countries how to change their lives for the better.

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Article References:
Motivaction For Life  by Smiljan Mori
http://www.drphil.com/articles/article/548
http://psychcentral.com/lib/smart-thinking-3-essential-keys-to-solve-problems-innovate-and-get-things-done/00011892

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