10 Things Successful People Don’t Do

I wrote this article for Yogi Approved.

The best way to cultivate success in your life is to observe how the people who you look up to live, act, and handle their own lives. Studying the habits of successful people helps us follow the same path for our own version of success.
 
Success comes in many forms and doesn’t equate to just money — these successful traits and habits can translate over into any pursuit that you want to thrive in.
 
The first step in becoming successful is to find someone who’s already successful on a similar path. As an example, I follow a few individuals for guidance on success: Gary Vaynerchuk, who in five years, took his family business from $3 million to $60 million a year in revenue; and Chase Jarvis, who created the world’s largest online teaching platform for creative skills (Creative Live).

All successful people maintain the mindset that being successful is a marathon and not a sprint.

We’re all aware of certain habits and tendencies that successful people share, but what about the things that successful people don’t do? These things can be very revealing about how we conduct our own lives and path to success — do you do the things listed below? Read on to find out . . .

Here are 10 things that successful people don’t do:

1. They don’t speak negatively

Whether it’s about themselves or their competition, successful people stay determined on all levels. You’re only as powerful as your thoughts, so it pays to stay upbeat, positive, and motivated in not only the words you speak, but in the thoughts you think. The most successful people have a killer sense of self-awareness and personal empowerment — because if you can’t be your biggest fan, why would anyone else want to?

2. They don’t allow for distractions

Success is largely based on the amount of time you put into your craft, because anything that distracts you from putting in the hours will prevent you from reaching your goal. Successful people understand that their craft is the priority and make arrangements to ensure they aren’t distracted — whether that’s muting your cell phone notifications or scheduling a set time for meetings, phone calls, etc.

3. They don’t forget appointments

From checking email, work hours, time on social media, and even down to taking a shower — everything is scheduled. If you feel overwhelmed by your workload and you aren’t getting enough done, dedicate a block of time to one task. Writing down and scheduling out your daily to-do’s will help you feel more organized, which in turn will reduce stress and help you feel more productive and capable of reaching your goals.

4. They don’t watch what others do

Successful people are focused on what they are trying to build — they keep their eye on the prize. When you watch the competition, you playing the comparison game instead of focusing on your own unique path to success. And when you try to emulate what others are doing, you risk losing your originality. Successful people follow their own intuition and stick to what feels right for them, regardless of what other people think or say.

5. They don’t live on social media

Social media is great and can be used for networking and growing your brand — but it can quickly become a major distraction and time drain. Successful people know the difference between using social media effectively vs. endlessly scrolling through feeds to make themselves feel busy.

6. They don’t complain

Complaining indicates that the individual has time on their hands and in a successful person’s life there is no such thing as “free time.” Therefore, if you want to be successful, check yourself. Are you complaining? If so, see that you could be using that time to change your situation instead of reinforcing the idea of how bad it is. The universe is always responding to what you are putting out — if you complain about your life, you will be given more to complain about.

7. They don’t fall out of balance

Balancing your work time with downtime is essential to avoid burn-out. Of course, there is always more work that can be done, but it’s important to acknowledge that you need time to step back and decompress. Down-time is important to reconnect with yourself — whether it’s exercise or rest, or a weekend away. Maintaining a strong work/life balance is a great way to avoid burn-out and stay motivated.

8. They don’t focus on lack

Successful people are grateful for what they have and practice gratitude to attract more of what they have into their lives, as opposed to focusing on what they don’t have and wishing they had more. It is imperative to your success that you practice gratitude throughout your journey so you stay positive, motivated, and also able to recognize (and celebrate!) all that you have to be grateful for.

9. They don’t skip celebrating

Successful people understand the importance of celebrating small victories. When we’re first starting out on our journey, it’s easy to want to jump ahead the end results or the final outcome. Yet this sets unrealistic expectations which in turn increase our risk of feeling defeated. Instead, map out your goal for success one manageable step at a time. Once you accomplish a step, take time to celebrate your success! Then move on to the next step feeling capable, confident, and ready to take it on.

10. They don’t give up

Successful people only became successful because they refused to give up on their dream. They got to where they are by being resilient — this means pushing forward despite not seeing any immediate results. This means doing the same thing day in and day out without losing enthusiasm or needing to see some short-term gain (revisit #9). This means keeping the mindset that being successful is a marathon and not a sprint.
 
 
Here’s a bonus tip — successful people know that there is no such thing as an overnight success. They know it takes time and dedication to get to where they want to be and they keep this in mind when they are hustling while others are partying. Thank you for reading and we hope you’ve found some value here and that these tips help you along your journey to success.