10 Mistakes Standing between You and Your Success

We’d all love to be successful, wouldn’t we? Even with individual differences as to what success is, the road to victory is never an overnight affair, and it requires bucketfuls of sweat, resilience, and perseverance. Whether you’re looking to earn your first million, set up a company, or just lose weight, you should brace yourself for times of trial and make sure to pull out all the stops on the quest for peak results. And how do you do that? It’s actually not as tough as it seems: you just need to arm yourself with the necessary info and steer clear of common pitfalls on the road.

Here are the top ten mistakes to avoid on your journey to success.

1. Overthinking

“To think too much is a disease.” — Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Thinking professional and personal endeavors through is an invaluable tool for peak outcomes — but overthinking every step and potential consequences is a waste of time. Don’t dwell on the course of events that may or may not happen: take action, and see where the road takes you.

2. Underplanning

“The more you sweat in peace, the less you bleed in war.” — Norman Schwarzkopf

Although thinking too much can be the death to your business and private ventures, thinking too little is no less dangerous. When creating and implementing plans, act in the short term, but with the long run in mind, and never underrate the role of timely research and result review.

3. Perfectionism

“Perfectionism is self-abuse of the highest order.” — Anne Wilson Schaef

Constant improvement is a precious asset on the quest for superior results, but perfectionism is neither sustainable nor profitable. Trying to do everything perfectly 24/7 will burn you out fast, if not for good. Pick projects carefully, and learn where, when, and how to save energy and time.

4. Wrong Mindset

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can’t — you’re right.” — Henry Ford

Confidence is the fabric of success, and the loser’s mindset is a deal-breaker. Doubts are normal in business, but if you’re approaching a project thinking you’re doomed to failure, you’re already shooting yourself in the leg. If you let your fears run your career, you’ll wind up in the ditch.

5. Wrong People

“Surround yourself with people who make you happy.” — Karl Marx

Companions play an important role in outcomes. If you’re surrounded by people who doubt your skills and potential or are undermining your path to triumphs by skiving or scheming, you’ll soon begin to question yourself. Choose staff and confidants wisely: they’re half your success.

6. Wrong Environment

“Be careful the environment you choose for it will shape you.” — W. Clement Stone

The environment can make or break your success, both in business and in life in general. Choose the right office furniture for your workplace; organize the office with productivity and comfort in mind; furnish for ease, not stress. The better you feel at work, the better you will perform.

7. I, Me, My, Myself

“Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.” — Malcolm Forbes

Independence is an asset in the business arena, but as the workload increases, staying on top of everything alone can become a problem. Delegate tasks to handpicked coworkers whenever possible: this will help you avoid burnout, stress, and maintain productivity in the long run.

8. The Knowledge Gap

“Knowledge is power.” — Kofi Annan

All work and little learning en route is a shortcut to failure. If you want to advance in and outside career, you should keep adding items to your bag of trade tricks regularly. Read the right books, listen to the right podcasts, and watch the market: the more you learn, the faster you’ll grow.

9. No Self-Motivation

“The only time you fail is when you fall down and stay down.” — Stephen Richards

Money is a good motivator, but if it’s the only engine behind your business and private ventures, you’ll soon grow tired of the rat race. Staying motivated matters more in the long run than cash, because it’ll help you endure the rough patches and stay on the right track during times of trial.

10. Refusal to Adapt

“The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.” — Albert Einstein

Timely adaptation is essential to survival and success in the business waters and life in general. Remember dinosaurs? Don’t let refusal to change turn your business into a fossil: pick projects based on cost-income ratio, tweak your methods, and learn to adapt to the market landscape.

Success comes to those who know how to hack it and avoid detours on the road to peak results. Draw your lessons from the mistakes listed above rather than your own experience: awareness of the common pitfalls and ways to circumvent them will help you stay on the fast and efficient track to safe and sustainable business triumphs. Good luck!

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Originally published at blog.coursebirdie.com by Chloe Taylor (@DaughterOfArt)