Have you ever wondered why some people can reach their goals quickly? What separates them from others who struggle for an eternity to find success?
It’s very likely that if you haven’t achieved your goal already, your thoughts sabotage your success.
Your limiting beliefs, misguided thoughts, and unhelpful mindset 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. Instead, start thinking about what you need to do to get there.
Think about the process and who you have to become to reach your goals.
For example, if you want to become a millionaire, focus on the process of becoming one. The “process” is the key decisions, strategies, skills, and tools, 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 for them. Or they are afraid to even try.
Unless they take accountability for their current situation, they don’t recognize how much control they have.
You want to stop fantasizing about what you want and start taking action.
Successful people have learned to stop talking about ideas and start implementing them.
People are envious of successful people, yet they are the ones who took matters into their own hands and took action.
That’s why they became rich and successful. When people avoid taking responsibility for their own situation they stay there.
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 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 ask just anyone – ask an expert.
High achievers understand the importance of having a mentor. While underachievers 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.
It’s easy to decide you can’t do something. It’s not so easy 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 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. This 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 focused on saving money. Do you know why this can be 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 go 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.
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.
If you’re satisfied with a mediocre lifestyle, and you think to yourself, “This is enough. I’m satisfied,” nothing better will happen.
If you don’t want to sabotage yourself, you should decide that you want more, and become hungry for more.
Final Thoughts: How To Stop Sabotaging Your Success
These phrases may have seemed like harmless words that you say to yourself. However, the words you tell yourself and others are powerful.
Words can excuse you from taking action. Doing this over and over 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 sabotaging your success. 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.