Successful people tend to have a lot in common. They often rise early, set long- and short-term goals, prioritise their health and are self aware, focused and positive. Executive coach Lindiwe Mkhondo says there are many mindsets or habits that prevent people from achieving their full potential.
She suggests steering clear of these self-limiting behaviours:
Stop putting yourself last
Successful people are good at managing and leading themselves. They generally start the day early to focus, and to seek clarity on what they want to achieve. Many exercise, read and are constantly trying to improve themselves. These practices and habits set them apart from others, enabling them to align their mindset, emotions and behaviour to what they want to achieve.
Don’t focus only on what you need to do
It’s crucial to pay attention to why you wish to do something. Thriving people take time to craft their purpose and compelling vision. So ask yourself: What do I want to achieve and why? This clarity gives you the motivation to excel. Success requires passion, determination and drive.
Never give up
Successful people are resilient – they persevere and embrace challenges and failures as opportunities to learn lessons from. They persist despite difficult circumstances because the journey to success has many distractions and is often painful and long.
Stop leaving your success to chance
Achieving your dreams requires planning, setting goals and following through with discipline. Successful people do not procrastinate, they are always looking to fulfilling their purpose. You need to have a hunger to unleash your full potential and be proactive in shaping your success. This mindset enables you to take ownership of your success rather than blame circumstances when things go wrong.
Don’t let fear get in the way of your success
When you are striving towards something bigger it requires you to move forward despite any voices of inadequacy and fear. You need to practise mindfulness so as to be fully present and accepting, and remain open to success as it unfolds in the present moment.
Never allow your ego to take over
Successful people demonstrate humility in their relationships. They remain down to earth, approachable and compassionate despite their successes.
Don’t try to be someone you’re not
Authenticity is key. It’s important to be real, in touch with who you are and what you stand for. When you are real, you are comfortable with being both soft and hard. Don’t be afraid to be in touch with and express your emotions.
Don’t belittle others
Successful people believe in the dreams of others. It’s important to value and recognise the contributions of those around you. Engagement rather than alienation is key. Learn to value collaboration and interdependence, and help others to grow.