Attitudes You Should Avoid if You Want to be Productive
We recently posted about the top habits of productive people. However, staying productive is a balance between the things you should do and those you should not. Your attitude towards life and business is an essential ingredient to your success and productivity. If you have the wrong attitude, it will hold you back. So, we’d like to get your mind on the path to success by listing the attitudes you should avoid if you want to be productive.
Worrying about the approval of others
If you’re the kind of person who constantly hesitates to act because you’re worried about what someone else will think, then now is the time to stop. In fact, maybe it’s time to really take a risk — whether it’s with your work, your appearance, or a relationship you’re in. You are the navigator of your own life. You can never please everyone, but you can certainly make yourself unhappy by trying.
The best way to become successful is to be true to yourself. We all have different dreams, and no one else can tell you how to achieve yours. Start by looking at your social circle. The people you hang out with are the people you end up being the most like. If you’re surrounding yourself with negativity, it’s time to cut off that friendship and seek a more uplifting relationship. If the person is making your life worse, you really don’t need to worry about having their approval.
The desire to be comfortable
Of course, we all want some degree of comfort in our lives. But what separates people who are average from people who are successful is the ability to do something uncomfortable — to be comfortable with discomfort. Any risk you need to take to become more successful is going to be uncomfortable. To increase your productivity, you have to embrace that discomfort and just do what you need to do anyway. Watching TV is more comfortable than staying up late to work. Staying in an okay job is easier than taking the risk of starting your own business.
This isn’t the same as saying you should never relax or unwind. It just means that sometimes you need to force yourself to do things you’d rather not.
Thinking a job’s worth is all about money
Yes, you need a certain level of income to live. However, you should not weight each job offer by pay alone. If you want to be more productive and successful in the long run, you should be weighing the educational value of your prospective jobs. Is it better to take the higher paying job that has little room for growth, or one that pays slightly less but teaches you critical skills in your field?
This attitude change is especially important when you are still starting out in your career. You’ve got time to make more money, but you don’t want to get yourself hired into a dead end. If you’re considering changing jobs, do it for overall value, not just for more money.
Get rid of these three attitudes and you will see improvements in your productivity. Do you want to be even more productive? Watch our blog for our next set of tips.
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