The road to success has many obstacles. Don’t add to them. Avoid these common methods of self-sabotage at work—and in life:
- Negative outlook. Anticipating obstacles can be helpful, but obsessing about everything that could go wrong isn’t. Just look past the problems and visualize positive results (and map out the steps you need to take to reach your objectives).
- Bad habits. Take a close look at how you spend your time. Do you procrastinate? Are you frequently late? Do you rush through projects and produce sloppy work? Eliminate these bad practices by identifying how you’re undermining your efforts and then committing yourself to improvement—without excuses.
- Lack of belief in yourself. Do you dwell on your flaws too much? You may believe you need an advanced degree, a higher IQ, or washboard abs to be worthy of success. Change what you can, but give yourself a break in other areas so you don’t squelch your self-confidence.