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2 Bad Habits That Keep You from Success

“Winner takes all, loser falls. It’s simple and it’s plain. Why should I complain?” These words form part of the lyrics of “The Winner Takes It All”, one of the hit songs of the popular pop group ABBA in the 70’s. Although the song speaks more of a broken romance, the above lyrics hold meaning to all of us, winners and losers in this game called life.

PROCRASTINATION

The habit of procrastinating is the fundamental skill we all use when we choose to FAIL. When you procrastinate, you start postponing important decisions and responsibilities. Postponing important tasks may bring temporary relief, but it could also have its negative impacts. You could feel guilty because your common sense tells you that it is not okay to procrastinate, or become depressed because you've developed a habit of hestitating when confronted with serious opportunities and decisions. Catching up with delayed work can be stressful, but not nearly as stressful as losing your job. It's one thing to be a bit behind, but procrastination will significantly affect your productivity in negative ways. It will turn that "slightly late" project into an EXTREMELY late project and a possible pink slip. Decreased productivity may result in postponing or cancelling promotions you could have gained, or in losses in your own business endeavours. It can affect your personal, social and family life, and even further beyond that. If procrastination were a noun, it would be a noxious gas that could melt through steel, pass through walls and it would spread a contagious virus of hesitation and failure.

Most of us are guilty of procrastination during some periods in our lives. It could be considered normal but when it becomes habitual and damaging, it is no longer acceptable. Most of us can overcome this habit through our own self-discipline. However, there are persons who need professional help to deal with it. Psychologists say it stems from perfectionism, low self-confidence, boredom or laziness. Whatever the reason is, procrastination is often a factor for failure, and it's cycle must cease if you ever want to be truly happy.

COMPLAINING

When you start complaining instead of acting constructively to a situation, you tend to make the difficulties look insurmountable. The problem may not be as hard as it may seem, but words of discouragements will make it appear so. What you say will make your brain believe your words until you are fully convinced that your words are the truth. Your negative words will then have a gloomy effect not only among the people you deal with but also on your whole personality. This negative habit of always complaining can even affect your social relationships. Friends may avoid you, even your own spouse and children may get tired listening to you. Your boss will never give you important responsibilities, knowing that you are a whiner. You will never have the ambition to expand your own business, much less venture into one, because what you see are difficulties instead of challenges. Complaining is part of human nature but when it becomes excessive, it is going to pull you down.

The famous poem “Desiderata” warns us about comparing ourselves to others. Who of us is not guilty of it? We tend to compare ourselves with those who are greater or lesser than us and with those who have more or less than us. In so doing, as the poem says, we either become vain or bitter. If you want to really be recognized for who you are and for your accomplishments, you must first acknowledge your own uniqueness. From knowing your own strengths and abilities, you can then proceed to reach your own dreams and become successful by becoming the best you could be.

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