You want to be successful, right? So why do you sometimes let yourself down by not working to your full potential or by not taking advantage of opportunities that arise? Recently, I have been talking to some of my clients about the things they do sometimes that get in the way of them being more successful.

Now I know that it can be difficult. As someone who is passionate about people helping people fall back in love with their work and business. I believe we all deserve to feel good about what we do and to we want to be successful.

Self-sabotage: Staying in your comfort zone

Do you often feel like the work you are producing will do, although you know you could do better work?
So you’re not achieving your dreams and you know that you’re capable of so much more. Yet you don’t bother to put in the extra effort or you are scared of what happens if you leave your comfort zone! You have become complacent. Maybe you have started to arrive late and blame the traffic, maybe you are spending a lot of time surfing the web rather than working hard?

These types of behaviours will not make you successful. You are getting in your own way.

What can you do about it?

Here’s a couple of things you could try. You could
1. talk with your boss about your desire for a new challenge.
2. ask to be involved in different or new projects. Or to shadow someone who does a different role so you can learn more about how that works.
3. look at a problem that the business has and see if you can see a solution.

4. If it is time for a change then make a plan of action and take the first step.

Stop it now and commit to taking action. You can do better and you deserve better.
What are you going to do to get back on track? You know you are capable of so much more.
You know that you don’t want to continue like this! So take action now.

Self-sabotage: Procrastinating

A recent survey said that 89% of people admit to procrastinating. That seems like a very high figure, doesn’t it? However, I know that I am guilty of this at times!

Consider what the result is when you procrastinate. Do you end up rushing the work to make the deadline or missing the deadline? Maybe the work you submit is not your best and you know you could have done better. Do you believe that this is a useful habit to have?

You know that if you stop procrastinating you will achieve so much more and generally feel better about your work. You are also much more likely to be recognized at work as someone who is productive.

What can you do about this?

  • Each time you find yourself putting something off until later or tomorrow, stop and ask yourself, what will you gain from postponing it?
  • Would it be better done now and out of the way?
  • What are you going to do today that you have been putting off?

Imagine the sense of achievement you would have for getting these things out of the way!

Self-Sabotage: Failing to get along with others at work?

I use to say to my team when we were handling disputes at work ‘You don’t have to like your colleagues but it helps!’. If you don’t get along with your colleagues or a member of your team, it will have an impact on your enjoyment at work but also on how you are seen by others in the organisation. I have attended meetings where individuals were discussed for future development programmes, stretch projects and promotions and their relations with others were always taken into account. The ability to build good working relationships is very important to your career and business.
So you need to sort it out!

What can you do about this?

On a day to day basis you need to be able to interact with them in a professional way. This does not include being sociable with them and it also doesn’t mean being sarcastic or ignoring people.
If there is someone at your workplace who you need to get along with and it is not coming easy, then I would encourage you to arrange to sit down and talk with them. This could be a casual coffee or joining them at lunchtime or maybe even taking a more formal route of organising a meeting with them.
Beforehand,
1. Work out what you might have in common, such as, you both want the success of a project or a mutual sporting interest or hobby.
2. Prepare a couple of questions you would like to ask them in order to understand their position better. Remember you are seeking to bridge a gap, not interrogate them.
3. Note a couple of points you want to get across in a constructive way. Maybe even practice saying them in a non-confrontational way to make sure you get your tone right.

If you find yourself doing any of these 3 things remember that you can learn to change these unhelpful habits, email me suzanne@suzannemountain if you’d like to discuss more.

I hope that you find these tips helpful

Suzanne