Have you ever wondered why some people reach their goals so quickly while others struggle for an eternity to find success?
It’s very likely that if you haven’t achieved your goal already, you’ve been sabotaging yourself. Your limiting beliefs, misguided thoughts, and incorrect mindsets are keeping you stuck.
If you want your life to change, you have to quit thinking about how wonderful it would be to be successful, and start thinking about what you need to do to get there. Think about the process.
If you want to become a millionaire, then the “process” would be all of the decisions, strategies, skills, tools, and key ingredients required to get to that goal. If you skip the process while focusing your thoughts on what you want, you will never get to your goal.
Here are five examples of thoughts that could be sabotaging your success.
1. “I’ll Do It Tomorrow”
The problem with thinking, “I can do that tomorrow” on a daily basis, is that “tomorrow” never comes. You want to have an action mentality, and stop procrastinating.
People procrastinate when they think everything will magically work out. They don’t take much accountability for their current financial situation, and they don’t recognize how much control they actually have over it.
You want to stop fantasizing about what you want and start taking action, and you want to stop talking endlessly about ideas and start implementing them. Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” Very good advice.
People are envious of high achievers but they are the ones who took matters into their own hands and took action. That’s why they became rich and successful. If people continue to avoid taking responsibility for their own situation and their own finances, they’ll stay where they are.
Another way to become successful in life is to have an open mind.
2. “I Already Know How To Do That”
Know-it-alls are much more likely to underachieve than people who are always looking to learn. Know-it-alls have a lot of pride. They have too much pride to ask a mentor for help, or educate themselves on a better way of doing something.
If you want to be successful, if you want to be free of financial struggles, always listen and ask questions. Read books and continuously learn. Understand the importance of asking an expert. If there’s something specific you need to learn to help you move forward in life, don’t just ask anyone – ask an expert.
High achievers understand the importance of having a mentor, while under achievers think they can figure everything out themselves. So keep an open mind, and as I’ll explain in the next point, don’t limit yourself or what you can do.
3. “I Can’t Do It”
If being a know-it-all is one extreme, the other extreme is thinking you can’t do anything – which is just as bad of an attitude. It’s easy to decide you can’t do something. It’s not so easy, however, to try.
Remember that most people do what’s easy, and that’s why their life is hard. If you do what’s hard, then your life will be easy.
It might be “hard” to try, but you’ll probably find out that you can do it. You’ll remain unsuccessful if you believe you can’t, if you don’t try, and if you don’t have self-confidence.
Have the confidence to try something new and venture out of your comfort zone. That leads us to the next point – how to increase your chances of success by valuing your time.
4. “I Have To Save Money”
Most people are always focused on saving money, and do you know why this is a problem? Because if you’re always busy trying to think of ways to save money, you’ll forget to make money.
If all of your energy goes towards your money-saving efforts, your money-making efforts will deteriorate.
Too many people often go completely out of their way to chase down a deal to save a few bucks. They’ll stand in line for hours just to save a few bucks here and there. It won’t make them rich, and it isn’t a productive use of their time.
Rich people understand the value of time, and that’s why they’d never waste their time finding a deal. If they can save time and energy by paying full price, that’s exactly what they’ll do.
And lastly on this list, don’t accept how things are if you want to achieve more.
5. “I’m Satisfied”
Those who want success must be hungry for it. If you aren’t hungry for wealth and success, you probably won’t become wealthy or successful. And if you’re satisfied with a mediocre lifestyle, and you think to yourself, “This is enough. I think I’m satisfied,” nothing better will happen.
If you don’t want to continue to sabotage yourself, you should start deciding that you want more, and become hungry for more.
Final Thoughts: How To Stop Sabotaging Your Success
Harmless words that you say to yourself, to postpone getting something done, or to excuse yourself from getting something done, can rob you from achieving success in the future. When you tell yourself you can’t do something, or you can’t afford something, you are giving yourself reasons to be satisfied with your life as it is.
If you want things to change, if you want to achieve the success you believe you deserve, then you must be hungry for change. You must do more than dream and focus on the process that will get you where you want to go.