Do you consider yourself a successful person? Before you answer, remember that the term “success” is somewhat relative. You may consider your cousin Larry a success because he has a Ph.D. and a high-paying job. But if his sights were set on Bill Gates’s level of success, he may consider himself a failure.
When you reframe success as something you determine for yourself, it suddenly becomes attainable.
There is one common trait that successful people have: They consider themselves successful. These people are happy with what they have even though they may strive for more.
While they are busy reaching their goals, successful people keep their eye on the prize. They understand that this means avoiding anything that could stand in the way of their productivity.
Successful people don’t bother with these seven things that could stand in the way of their productivity.
1. Excessive alcohol
There are many types of alcoholic drinking, but successful people avoid them all. They know their limits and stick to them. Because alcoholism is a multifaceted disease, it’s easier to fall into the trap than many people realize.
2. Saying YES to everything
Saying yes to the wrong thing can eat up your precious time and keep you away from doing things that are more productive. It’s true that opportunities are everywhere, but successful people are stingy with their time.
3. Lottery tickets
You can be successful and win the lottery, but successful people don’t rely on luck to get ahead. If you understand that your choices are what make or break you, you are on your way to becoming successful.
In order to achieve your goals, you’ll need to know when to walk away. It’s easy to get lost in the pursuit of perfection when you should be focusing on greater things.
5. Dwelling on the past
We all understand that we can’t change the past. Unfortunately, that doesn’t stop us from obsessing over it. Successful people, on the other hand, don’t waste their time thinking about the past. They take the lessons learned from past mistakes and unfortunate encounters and move on.
6. Negative friends
You are the average of the five people you spend time with. This advice famously comes from successful motivational speaker Jim Rohn. If you want to be successful yourself, try spending time with people who are more successful than you. If you waste your time with Debbie Downers, their negative voices will always be stuck in your head.
7. Skipping breakfast
If you want to be successful, take time for breakfast in the morning. A 2013 Italian Journal of Pediatrics study review found that people who eat breakfast have a better overall nutrient consumption and cognitive performance than people who don’t. The simple act of eating a healthy breakfast will give you a better chance having a productive day.
Trevor is a freelance writer and recovering addict & alcoholic who’s been clean and sober for over 5 years. Since his recovery began, he has enjoyed using his talent for words to help spread treatment resources and addiction awareness. In his free time, you can find him working with recovering addicts or outside enjoying about any type of fitness activity imaginable.
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