Let me start by saying we all have certain habits, in fact many of our current habits are actions we rarely think about and do them rountinely. This helps tremendously in our daily lives because as humans we function greatly on rountines. For example, imagine how much time we would spend if we had to get in the morning and drive to work in a different direction every day. In fact imagine if we had to learn how to walk everytime we got up to do something?
You see we take these types of habits we do everyday for granted without a second thought, but initially we had to learn it how to do it. Because When we were infants we could only perform very basic functions that were essential for life, like crying to your mother when you were hungry or cold. However, as humans we were also born with a great capacity for learning, and our habits are one of the results of that learning.
Good Habits vs Bad Habits
There are good habits and there are also bad habits. Good habits are worth keeping, especially if they lead you to succeed in life. Bad habits, on the other hand, should be ditched as soon as they are detected. If you know that you have bad habits and these habits are hampering you from performing at your best, you should really decide on getting rid of them.
Some of these habits may not sound so bad at all. Some of these habits may not sound too serious. As for me many years went by before I acknowledged I had some bad habits that I had to eliminate from my life. However, it was very hard at times to get rid of them because when you continue to do certain things on a regular basis, its very hard to notice your shortcomings. You may have great aspirations and great plans in life but if you cannot get rid of your habits, you might as well just forget dreaming at all.
Here are the five habits you should get rid of at once:
Procrastination. To always think that there is more time left is wrong. When you have a project or a simple task to fulfill, you should not leave it to the last minute. Those who have already made it to the top were able to do so because they acted on things immediately. A lot of people fail at things, or fail to submit accordingly because they submit hurried work. If you do not allot time to things you are supposed to do, how can you make sure that you have given it your best shot? Do not leave your projects to the last minute. Do it when you have to do it. Set yourself a time table because proper time management is one of the keys to your success.
Complacency. You should never be satisfied. You should never settle with mediocrity. If you want something and you have dreamed about this for so long, you should not stop until you get to where you are supposed to go. The moment you say: “this is okay”, will be the end of your dreams. If you really want to get somewhere, you should keep moving forward and not settle for anything that’s below excellent.
Imitation. While a lot of people find it safer to imitate other people, unfortunately there is no certainty and stability with it because for one, you will never get the credit for it, and two, fads easily die. Therefore, do not always focus on what others are doing. Do not try to follow what your competition is giving out. Instead, focus on what you can do. Focus on what you want to do and how you plan to do it. There is greater room for you to shine when you present something new. So do not imitate, and instead, innovate!
Tardiness. Tardiness, for anyone is a bad trait to have. As a student, you get a lot of demerits if you are tardy all the time. As an employee, in a small or big company, if you are tardy you get suspended and cuts will be made to your salary. Even as a business owner, you cannot think like you are the star and come in anytime you please. If you have a meeting, be there on time because the people who are supposed to meet with you important things to do, too. You can easily lose deals and opportunities because of tardiness. So, if you have problems with time, get yourself an alarm clock that works, or have someone give you a wake-up call.
Shyness. This is another deal breaker. In business, you should learn how to be a go-getter. You should be confident enough to deal with different people and you should not be afraid to speak about your ideas.
If you have any of these habits, you should find ways to get rid of them because if you don’t, then you might as well just say goodbye to your chance of ever meeting success. These habits can easily pull you down.