The Dirty Dozen: 12 Ways That We Sabotage Our Success

Written by Martin Avis

Out ofrepparttar many different ways that we can sabotage our own success, these twelve arerepparttar 102013 most common. All of us are guilty of these behaviors at various times, but knowledge of them gives usrepparttar 102014 power to start to banish them from our lives.

1. Ignore your own strengths and weaknesses.

We all have many individual attributes, but it is pointless trying to be someone or something that we are not. As Peter Thompson,repparttar 102015 great motivational speaker says, "People will only do who they are."

Don't ignore reality. Learn who you are and build your business or career accordingly.

2. Stop learning.

For many people,repparttar 102016 very idea of learning is something that they left behind at school or college. They don't read. In their jobs they only know one way. Their way.

Successful people are universally sponges for information. They read, listen to tapes, scourrepparttar 102017 Internet and spend their whole lives learning.

The best investment anyone can make in their business, career or life is in their own ongoing education. If you are spending less than $200 a year on learning new things, you are short-changing yourself.

3. Believe that you can make it for free.

'Make $1000 a week with no outlay!'

We've all seenrepparttar 102018 ads. By all means study them and analyze their sales and copywriting techniques. But don't believe them.

No person or business can succeed without intelligent and consistent investment. Some online endeavors may be able to manage on less capital than many traditional businesses, but they still need something.

Sure you can operate an affiliate mini site on a free web host, with free email accounts and do allrepparttar 102019 writing and coding yourself. Trouble is,repparttar 102020 result is guaranteed to look amateurish and your chances of making sales virtually zero.

Don't be cheap. If it is worth doing, it is worth doing properly.

4. Try to get before you give.

We live in a gimme-gimme world. It is so easy to have a take-take attitude. Well, why not? There is so much available, why shouldn't we get our share first?

Successful people don't think that way. They seerepparttar 102021 value ofrepparttar 102022 long term. Anyone can get a short-term benefit, but at what cost? Trust and respect are built by giving, not by taking. These two little words arerepparttar 102023 foundation stone of any successful business or person.

Whether you are offering free advice or help to a fellow entrepreneur, or delivering far more than your customers expect, think ofrepparttar 102024 long term.

Build your business on a firm foundation. After all, there is a lot of truth inrepparttar 102025 axiom, 'what goes around, comes around.'

5. Don't set goals.

What do you need goals for when you can play it by ear? Isn't all that goal stuff just new-age mumbo-jumbo?

No it isn't. Without a clear objective you can never reach your target. How many times have you heard a soldier being commanded 'Ready ... Fire.' There are always two little words inrepparttar 102026 middle: 'Take Aim'. Imaginerepparttar 102027 consequences otherwise!

Every successful person has masteredrepparttar 102028 art of setting goals.

As Martha Lupton put it, 'To get anywhere, strike out for somewhere, or you'll get nowhere.'

6. Don't focus.

In any given day we have thousands of thoughts, hundreds of memories, scores of outside influences, dozens of helpful ideas, tens of items on out to-do lists. But of all these things, only one is important enough to take our full attention, right at this moment.

High achievers have mastered this art. They haverepparttar 102029 ability to focus 100% of their mind, creativity, intuition and experience into a single laser beam that burns torepparttar 102030 heart ofrepparttar 102031 problem. Then they move on torepparttar 102032 next.

But which problem to start with? Two books that are very helpful in teaching you to identify what is important, and what is merely a time waster, are 'The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People' by Stephen Covey, and, 'The 80-20 Principle', by Richard Koch.

For What Purpose?

Written by Rob Wheeler

So you want to be successful. For What Purpose? When I first heard that question I said, "You've got to be crazy, to have a lot of money. What else?" This was quickly followed byrepparttar question, For What Purpose?

I have to tell you that I went dead silent. My mental wheels were spinning. My eyes glazed over into what can best be described as a "thousand yard" stare.

Until that point in time I hadn't really considered what was my purpose for anything. I thought I knewrepparttar 102012 "why" of what I was doing with my life. I was working to support my family. That's "why" I had a job. But there was alwaysrepparttar 102013 statement quietly running inrepparttar 102014 back of my mind "...there had to be more to life than this."

Then it hit me. I was thinking and talking aboutrepparttar 102015 DOing in my life and notrepparttar 102016 BEing. You and I are called Human Beings, not Human Doings, and yetrepparttar 102017 "do-ing-ness" wasrepparttar 102018 direction that I had learned to travel. From where did that come?

As I looked at my life I discovered that there were thought patterns that had been with me for as long as I can remember. They were so rooted in my mind that they all but transparent. And it was those patterns brought into realization through my words and outer activities that were in charge. No wonder I thought that "..there had to be more to life than this."

Let me tell you, right here and now, that I didn't come from a dysfunctional family. I wasn't born into poverty, nor with a "silver spoon". I wasn't abused as a child. My family loves me and it shows in a thousand ways. There was nothing "wrong" with me.

I write these words so that you will KNOW you don't have to have had a "horrible" childhood and/or life to date to pick up these now transparent patterns. Regardless of your background it isrepparttar 102019 patterns you have picked up and held tightly together, running in repparttar 102020 background, that arerepparttar 102021 roadblocks you see inrepparttar 102022 here and now which prevent you from being who you want to be; Doing what you want to do: Having what you want to have.

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