The secret to success is understanding that there is none without sacrifice. Are you willing to sacrifice a night out with friends for a night behind the computer screen? Are you ready to take one step back to take two more forward? Are you prepared to fail? More importantly, will you have what it takes to get back up? Are you willing to live as other people won’t so you can live as other people can’t? In order to help you on your journey to success, here are 5 things you must give up to move forward.
1. Other People’s Opinions of You
Your life is not decided by the opinions of others. Give up believing in negative perceptions of you. Your life is your design. Be the architect that others can’t be for themselves. Because, in the end, fulfillment is not based on what people thought about what you did, but whether you succeeded at why you did it.
2. Fear of Failure
Look: we’re all human. Everybody has bad days, and everybody has even worse days than that. It’s too easy in these moments to see failure as some sort of ultimate defeat.
Treat failures like what they are: opportunities to learn and grow. Failures aren’t the end – they’re the beginning of a new phase of perfecting and refining your final product. Because, let’s be honest, if it’s worth pursuing, it’s worth getting 100% right. And that kind of quality takes time and hard work.
So go ahead and fail. It just means you’ve ruled out another dead end, opening up a million other roads. And at least one of them is likely to lead to success. It’s just a matter of finding the right one and sticking with it consistently before you see results.
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Procrastination isn’t anything to be ashamed of. It happens to literally all of us, and often happens in spite of our wildest dreams. We do this, even though we know that the work we’re postponing will bite us in the mid-to-long term. But, inevitably, people still behave in this way.
Overcoming procrastination starts with a single step: recognizing and understanding you’re procrastinating. Once you can do that, you can begin identifying the underlying reasons behind this behavior. And, once you know all that, you can develop strategies to work past it.
4. Trying To “Escape” Problems
Running away from your problems never works. I’m going to say that again because there are people reading this who need to hear that twice. Running away from your problems never works.
Pretending like your problems don’t exist creates a delicate situation that will often fail. Daily living becomes a minefield of unfinished issues that bubble up at the worst times. You’ll work harder to overlook things, go to farther extents to pretend like nothing’s wrong and, ultimately, be living a lie.
Trying to avoid a problem doesn’t solve it. Work on solutions, and always remember that running away only makes things worse.
The human brain is amazing at creating excuses for our bad behavior. We rationalize our actions, create justifications for our failures, and act like we were in the right. But these excuses are almost always the main reason people often don’t accomplish their goals.
Easily the best habit you can build is proactively working against your own excuse-making. Admit to your failures, and there’s no stopping you from taking everything you want from life.
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