The interesting thing is that when you first look at them, they actually seem like a good idea – until you take a closer look. In fact, you find some of these in motivational materials where you’re encouraged to do these things. I’m sure you recognize them when you see them.
Yet as it turns out, they can easily backfire, as we will see in a minute. Too much of a good thing is often not such a good idea.
The Three Mistakes That Sabotage Success
Here are the three mistakes to be very wary about:
1) Thinking (too) big
The first mistake is thinking too big. Yes, it’s generally seen as an asset to have big dreams and a grand vision, but it can stop you before you even get started.
Instead, focus on getting things done. Focus on handling small things, and taking first steps. Focus on creating one product, getting it done and getting it out there. Then move to the next item.
So should you stop yourself completely from dreaming big? Not really. Your big dreams will keep you motivated and looking in the right direction, but in the meantime, be sure to keep your action steps manageable.
2) Being Too Negative
Being negative can stop you before you even get started. It can come in many different guises. One of them is impostor syndrome, which means worrying that you’re not as good as everyone may think you are, and that you will be found out. That’s sure to sabotage your success. So if this is a challenge for you, get some help and get it fixed.
You should also maintain a healthy dose of optimism – while being practical as well. Sure, it’s always a good idea to be prepared just in case, but don’t dwell on it.
Instead, visualize success, and take the steps that will move you in the right direction. Be sure to stay clear of the naysayers surround yourself with a supportive team. Remember that famous quote by Henry Ford: “Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”
3) Thinking too much… about the wrong things
You may think that thinking is good. And it is. Still…
There’s such a thing as “overthinking.” You can think yourself right out of taking productive action because you’re worried about failure. You also want to avoid thinking about the wrong things, such as what others may be thinking. Instead, focus on your own thoughts – and be proud of your actions.
Also, don’t dwell too much on the past – or the future. Focus on the here and now, and do what you can to make the most of it. Finally, don’t focus on perfection. Yes, striving for perfection may sound like a good idea, but it’s one of the key mistakes that sabotage your success.
It can cause you to procrastinate endlessly as you strive for something that’s ultimately elusive. Yes, whatever you create needs to work, but even Apple keeps creating updated versions every year. Imagine they had waited until everything was perfect before they launched their first Mac or iPhone.
If you catch yourself making any of the above mistakes that sabotage success, remember that they are all fixable. Focus on manageable steps, on staying positive, and on getting things done, now.
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