It is Winning With Women Wednesday, and earlier this week we had a guest blogger named Adel Meyer, who sent in a blog titled, “What’s Keeping You From Success?” This blog has insight from Adel’s professional experience as a Social Media Strategist and Coach and she wanted to share with us seven bad habits we should avoid when continuing on our path to success.
In 2014, I decided to become an entrepreneur and within the past year and a half, I’ve been helping business owners with their Social Media Strategies and had noticed some key things holding them back from success. I wanted to share with you some of the bad habits I had witnessed along the way.
Many of us know being an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but we all work hard at it. You put in the hours and do the research, but somehow success can still elude you. This is also true as a professional. You treat your role as a dedicated and passionate worker in the workplace, but something is keeping you from succeeding onto greater roles in the organization and you’re not quite sure what it is.
What’s worse is that more than one thing may be holding you back and you need to figure it out quickly, if you want success to stop passing you by.
- Focusing on the Past
Regret is a powerful emotion. There will be moments when you’ll remember the mistakes you’ve made and what they cost you, and you may find yourself stuck on them. Just rest assured that things are going to go wrong. Mistakes will be made and any time spent thinking about your mistakes should revolve around learning from it, no more and no less.
- Being Envious of Your Peers
You’re going to see many people ahead of you, especially at the start. Every time you do research on the competition, you’re going to find a company or a person doing exceptionally well. It can get disheartening seeing people do well, doubly so if they’re in your industry or in a similar role as yours.
But being a successful professional is about maximizing your time. Every moment you spend focused on someone else’s success is a moment you’re not spending on your work. If there is any exception to this, it is when you use your envy to inspire you to work hard. However, even this fuel should be used sparingly.
- Surrounding Yourself with Negativity
Give the ocean enough time and it will wear down even the toughest rocks. Think of negativity as the ocean and your willpower as the rocks. No matter how determined you are or how good of an idea you may have, you can only hear so much negativity before it starts making your mornings darker and gloomier.
You can’t surround yourself with people who do nothing but complain and criticize. Work with people who have a positive attitude and look for solutions instead of just looking for the next thing to complain about. If someone like that works at your company, observe them. See if they’re actually working to fix the object of their concern or if they’re just whining.
- Making Excuses Instead of Admitting Fault
You’re going to make mistakes throughout your professional career and sometimes, people are going to notice. For especially severe mistakes, it might be tempting to rattle off a series of excuses. But instead of creating excuses, decide to be productive by admitting your faults and look for ways to prevent that mistake from ever occurring again.
Pride and ego are dangerous things in the workplace and can ruin companies. Don’t let these two things make decisions for you. Focus on what is good for the company.
- Becoming Mentally Stagnant
You’re never going to know everything about your industry. You might know everything you need at the moment, but the future can change things enough to render your knowledge useless. That’s why you need to stay on top of the game and keep learning. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first day or your thousandth day on the job – keep learning and stay relevant.
- You Don’t Plan Your Day
Competition is fierce. Even if you’re the first in a brand-new role or company, chances are that you’re going to face some form of indirect competition. Each moment you spend awake must be accounted for and must serve the future of the company.
Spend your evenings making an action plan for the next day so that you wake up ready and armed with a plan in mind. This lets you spend your mornings getting ready for the day instead of trying to figure out what you’re actually going to do.
- Being All Talk
If you want to be a successful professional, you’re going to do more than just talk about what you’re going to do. If you talk the talk, you had better walk the walk. Show your clients, co-workers, and/or investors that you’re not full of hot air and empty promises. Give them statistics and profit margins, instead of speeches.
Note – this can be a good way to make yourself accountable to your peers. The fear of getting called out on your failures can be a powerful motivational tool. Of course, this will only work if you have the right kind of personality for it.
The road to success has enough barriers as it is. Don’t let bad habits or bad people make it even more complicated. Clean up your act and clean up your professional life.
About the Author:
Adel de Meyer is a Hootsuite Ambassador, Social Media & Digital Strategy Consultant and Trainer. Adel is a Top 60 Social Media Influencer in Australia and ranked by Dr. Jim Barry as a Top 20 Social Media Coach. Adel helps Small to Medium-Sized Businesses and Entrepreneurs grow by using Social Media as a marketing and relationship building tool.