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5 Toxic Habits That Are Setting You Up for Failure

We all want to pursue and achieve something meaningful in life that's why we set goals, either short-term or long-term, to help in our pursuit. But in the world of goal-setting, it's easy to get wrapped in the moment. You will come across some people who never miss a beat and they are always on their A-game. For example, maybe you want to save money but suddenly you're going out with friends for branch and impulse shopping and end up overspending- or you miss a few days of dieting when you were trying to loose weight. It's just a slip, which isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if overlooked can hinder your progress towards your set goals if you don't learn to prevent their occurrence in the future. I'm going to give you 5 toxic habits that can set you up to fail if you are not paying attention.

Waiting for inspiration.

Majority of people wait to be inspired before they can start working on their goals. You are clearly mistaken. Sitting and idling around waiting for the ‘right inspiration’ can only take you so far-and then it runs out. If you want well-executed projects, don’t wait around for an idea to come along before taking action. Instead of waiting for inspiration, just start focusing on getting started with your goal by identifying what you have to do in order to make it a reality. You can then manage them by organizing them in small chunks and keeping track of your progress and start moving towards completion.

Failing to track your progress

By tracking your progress, you are able to see how you are doing and determine whether the way you are approaching things is working. It will motivate you from feeling discouraged about your efforts of attaining the goal. You will be highly motivated when you know exactly what you have accomplished in your goal-getting journey

Setting Unattainable goals

Setting unrealistic goals tends to make you feel demotivated and less likely to achieve them. Focus on creating attainable yet challenging goals. For example: “I want to learn and be an expert in JavaScript and Python programming by December 31st. That gives you about five months in which to learn through whatever means that seem more effective for you- whether it’s hiring someone experienced to teach you or buying online courses- but also make it clear what success looks like so that once it reaches December 31st and you have certificates proving your experience, you can be excited about how all the hard work you put in is paying off.

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Procrastination is the grave in which opportunity is buried.” Delaying important tasks when trying to achieve your goals can feel as the easiest option as it allows you to avoid fear, discomfort and failure. It’s also an excuse for not getting started on your goals. When you allow yourself to often procrastinate, it will keep you stuck where you are because it prevents you from moving forward.

Quitting at the first sign of failure.

Have you been in a situation where you are in the middle of working on something but you feel like it ain’t working out so you decide to quite? You might be afraid of moving forward because you think things will get worse. But giving up to early is one of the grave mistakes you can make when getting stuff done. It makes you more likely to fail because you are less likely to try again when things don’t work out as planned. This can instill self-doubt about your abilities and makes it seem impossible to succeed.


If you find yourself falling into these habits, take a moment to think about how and why they are affecting your goals. You can also try changing your approach on them so that they work better with your lifestyle and personality.

© 2022 Laura Napese

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