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8 Habits Holding You Back From Success



Holding You Back From Success

While it is true that hard work and dedication can absolutely contribute to how successful you are in life, they are not the only things that matter. Some of your current daily habits could be helping to boost your success, while some could be actually holding you back.

With this in mind, let us look at a few habits that might be holding you back from achieving more success in life. The more you know about some of these habitual chains, the easier it will be to break them.

1. Making Promises You Don’t Keep

Your word should be your reality, no matter what. If you tell someone that you are going to do something and then you don’t do it, it is more likely that, that person is going to trust you less in the future.

Even if you simply forgot or it was an honest mistake, you have still set an example that shows you cannot be reliable, so people are less likely to go to you with bigger responsibilities in the future. If you have a problem keeping your promises or you tend to offer a lot and not back it up, this is definitely a habit that needs to be broken quickly from now on.

2. Passing the Blame

It is easy to think that you will not achieve success if you have setbacks, or even if you experience failures. The truth is, some of the most successful people in the world have had colossal failures along their way to success.

The real secret, though, is that they owned their failures, instead of trying to blame others. If you try to “pass the buck” when you do something wrong, you will never learn or be forced to grow. From now on, learn from your mistakes and use them as lessons to grow in the future.

3. Staying In Your Comfort Zone

It is okay to be scared about things from time to time. Trying new things, thinking about new endeavors, or doing something that is out of your comfort zone – they are all good reasons to be feel nervous or anxious.

But, when you choose to stay in your comfort zone, you will never grow. When you push yourself past your own boundaries, you will discover new opportunities. Those that are not willing to push themselves get left behind and do not grow.

Most everything that you want is outside your comfort zone. – Jack Canfield

4. Never Setting Goals

Do you find yourself talking about things that you would like to accomplish but never really set goals to work toward? If you tell someone that you would like to do something and they check in with you a few months later on the progress, you should have something to report!

Goals require planning and action. If all you do is talk about them, you will never achieve them or get ahead.

5. Procrastination

It is not hard to see why people who tend to procrastinate do not achieve much success. Procrastination might feel good at the time. It gives you a chance to relax instead of working on the tasks in front of you.

Procrastination is also your worst enemy. Pushing those tasks off doesn’t mean they go away. When deadlines approach, you will end up more stressed because you have put things off, and you may not be able to give each project the focus and attention it deserves.

6. Comparing Yourself to Others

Comparison is one of the biggest setbacks to success. In this world filled with social media and oversharing, it can be easy to look at someone’s life and wish you had a piece of it. Or, you might look at someone’s accomplishments at work and worry that yours pale in comparison.

Keep in mind that what people put on social media is often the “highlight reel” of their lives. They are usually only going to post what looks good, or what they think will get a positive reaction. In the workplace and other areas of life, the same principle applies – you never know what is truly going on in a person’s life. While it might look like they have everything together, they might be struggling in other ways.

So, the best thing to do is to focus on your own life, your own goals, and your own achievements. When you stop comparing yourself to others and work harder on yourself, you can reach your goals faster.

7. Self-Doubt

Sometimes the only thing holding you back from success is yourself. If you are not as successful as you want to be, it can be easy to doubt yourself. Unfortunately, that quickly becomes a habit, and the doubt often becomes worse.

As a result, you push success further away. Self doubt is a vicious cycle that won’t end until you start to believe in yourself more and what you can achieve.

8. Giving Up

This habit may be last, but it could also be the biggest problem that will keep you from achieving success. Failures will happen along the way. Things won’t always go as planned. The worst thing you can do is to give up – especially habitually.

Success comes from overcoming those failures and finding different ways to make things work. If you give up, you are robbing yourself of so many opportunities. So, no matter how hard things can become, it is important to flip this habit around. Start believing in yourself more and never give up.

Are your current habits holding you back from success and what you want to achieve? Keep this list in mind as you move forward, and recognize that you are the only one who can break these trends and find more success in the future.


8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day



8 Ways to Take Care of Yourself Every Day

Self-care is a term that gets thrown around a lot lately, to the point where it’s easy to ignore or blow it off as some kind of “buzz word”. But, it’s so much more than that, and when you are willing to take self-care seriously, you might just start to see how much easier it will be to get through each day. (more…)

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The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life



The Top 8 Most Important Things in Life

It is easy for people to speculate and debate about the most important things in life. You have probably heard that “the best things in life are free” or that “love is all you need”, but what about what are the most important? What do you really need in this life in order to find contentment and fulfillment? (more…)

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The Practice of Ho’oponopono Can Clear Stress and Negativity from Your Life




One method of reducing stress that you may not have heard of before is the Hawaiian practice of Ho’oponopono. Many of us deal with some level of stress on a regular basis. While it is almost impossible to get rid of stress completely from your life, there are many effective ways to reduce it. Too much stress can cause a variety of negative health issues, these include:

  • Heart disease
  • Headaches
  • Nausea
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Diabetes

Ho’oponopono originated in Hawaii, and translates directly into English as “correction” or “to make right”. The practice focuses on reconciliation and forgiveness by using an affirmation to clear the mind of any negative thoughts and stress.

The benefits to someone who practices Ho’oponopono regularly are:

  • Reduction of stress
  • Improvement in physical and mental health
  • Improved relationships with others
  • Control over emotions
  • A happier/more positive life

How Does Ho’oponopono Work?

Ho’ponopono does not require much teaching or practice, yet it is powerful for getting rid of bad memories or feelings. Ho’oponopono is a simple practice that allows you to release negativity that is being held within you. It also sends out the desire for reconciliation into the universe. This is achieved by using just four easy steps. The steps of H’oponopono are:

1. I’m Sorry: In life, it can be very easy to feel like the victim. We are often quick to blame other people or other circumstances for our own negative thoughts. In reality, you are in control of your thoughts. You are responsible for the negative feelings that have manifested inside. It is not always easy to admit that you have allowed your consciousness to introduce those negative thoughts – and that you have believed them. By saying sorry, you are recognizing that you are responsible for the negative thoughts or emotions that you might have. Apologizing to yourself has a powerful healing power and will help you to move on with your life.

2. Forgive Me: Once you have said that you are sorry, forgiveness is the next natural step. Don’t think so much about who you’re asking to forgive you. Instead, focus on the feeling of genuine remorse as you ask for that forgiveness.

3. Thank You: Gratitude has the power to completely change your outlook in life. Thank a friend, thank yourself, thank the universe or God or whoever you want to. The more that you are grateful, the more things you will have to be grateful for. Get into the habit of being more grateful every day.

4. I Love You: There is perhaps nothing more powerful in the world than the power of love. It doesn’t matter who the words are spoken to as long as the feeling behind them is genuine. Love yourself, your body, the air that you breathe, the world around you and all of the people in it. The power of love has the power to heal and banish any negative thoughts and stress from our lives.


Why is Ho’oponopono So Powerful?

I’m sorry. Forgive me. Thank you. I love you.

So, what makes these simple affirmations so powerful?

You will probably agree that the four healing affirmations of Ho’oponopono are all positive things. When you can don’t have to convince yourself of that, and you just naturally “know” it, it is easier to push away negative thoughts and block out stress by filling yourself with love and gratitude.

Making Ho’oponopono a Habit

Because the affirmations of Ho’oponopono are universally accepted, anyone can put them into practice and allow them to change the way that they think and feel. Whether you use the affirmations as a daily reminder to yourself, or you focus on each of the four areas individually in order to rid yourself of negativity, they can make a big difference in your life. Stress will always be there and ignoring it will only make things worse. By recognizing that no other person or situation has control over your thoughts, you can feel more confident in getting rid of any negativity and stress that might be affecting you.

Start by realizing the importance of self, and how your negative connotations toward others or toward external factors could be controlling you more than you think. Once you start looking inward instead of outward, you can start to re-gain control over which thoughts you choose to listen to and which thoughts you choose to ignore. Always remember, the power to clear away stress and negativity starts from within.

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