Are we to blame for limiting our own growth? Chances are — we are the sole reason. We are all guilty of having several habits that prevent us from success. Certain habits that we practice every day might just bring us a step back from achieving our goals.
Successful people maintain good, successful habits. Once you realize what are the bad habits which seem to be bringing you down, you are on your way to becoming a better version of yourself.
With that being said, here are the 5 habits that are limiting your self-growth:
1. Negative self-talk
We may not realize it, but we tend to self-bully ourselves on a regular basis. We don’t have much self-confidence, we don’t believe in ourselves enough to realize how much more capable we are.
One thing that you would have to accept in the long run is that — failure is inevitable. We fail, we learn from it, and then we try again.
The most successful people have very high self-worth. They know their value. They know what they are worth.
The successful CEOs and entrepreneurs such as Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, they had confidence in what they do, and most importantly in themselves.
Stop telling yourself that you’re not skilled enough, or whether you’re too dumb to understand something.
If you want to start your own business, just do it! Give up the habit of low self-worth and have some self-confidence.
2. Comparing yourself with others
Unconsciously, we will admire our friends having fun, travelling to amazing places, driving a new car — and we wish that we could be them instead. Your colleague gets a promotion, and you’ll envy them.
Instead of focusing on our own growth, we are too busy trying to reach their level. We are struggling to get ahead or be equal to them.
Why not spend the time to focus and work on your own dreams? The only person you should compare to would be your past self. Not others, but yourself. Be better than who you were yesterday.
3. Not stepping out of our comfort zones
More often than not, most of us tend to stay in our own comfort zones because we are comfortable where we are.
We tend to shy away from change as much as possible, all because we are too afraid of change.
If you always stay where you are, you will never be able to grow. Keep challenging yourself daily, life is all about how you make it.
Your growth is in your hands. Not your employer, not your parents — yourself. Go out there and do something different from your every day-to-day life.
You’ll be surprised, that might be the best decision you’ll ever make.
4. Talking about your dreams, but not doing anything about it
Nothing in life comes easy. Success will not immediately just fall into your lap.
Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla, slept in the office and poured in hundreds of hours to get to where he is today.
We procrastinate because we are unsure of ourselves. We talk about our dreams, but dreams are just dreams if we don’t take the necessary steps to achieve them.
Stop talking about it, and start doing!
5. Not accepting criticism or feedback
I get it, sometimes you feel like you know everything. You think that you’re doing well, you know your stuff, and ego gets in the way.
We have to be able to accept feedback or criticism, as that is the only way we can improve ourselves.
Be more aware of the things people are saying about you. Bill Gates once said,
“We all need people who can give us feedback. That’s how we improve”.
If we are so closed off from other people’s opinion about yourself, we won’t realize what we are doing wrong. We can’t tell what are our strengths and weaknesses.
We have to learn how to be okay with receiving feedback. If not, you won’t be able to grow and improve your skills, or work on your weaknesses.
Work on yourself every day, because you are your own greatest investment. Learn a skill that you never thought you would try before.
Challenge yourself. Live life in a way that you are always growing. You don’t have to stay stagnant, unless you want to, of course.
Self-growth is something that everyone should take the time to work on. When you start focusing on your self-growth, one day when you look back at yourself, you will be proud of how far you’ve come and what you have achieved.