Bad Habits That’ll Prevent You From Achieving Success

Let’s face it. Habits are the foundations of what we do in our everyday lives. We work out our daily practices and consequently, the habits, the doings and the routines at home or in the workplace mold us. We either develop good ones that help us move closer to our goals or we develop bad habits that spoil our ability to achieve, have lots of success and make a difference. One thing is sure though. If you’re going through life with a heavy baggage of poor, bad habits, realizing your dreams will be like pushing a cart of bricks on an uphill.

Here are 5 won’t-do-you-any-good habits that could be holding back your high performance as an entrepreneur with your personal branding or as a company executive:

1.  Finger-pointing. Pointing at someone or something else to blame seems almost instinctively natural to get the pressure off our backs. Instead of putting up, or worse, inventing excuses, take action and start moving. Consider what changes you can make to fix the problem. Remember always, no matter what the situation is, you’ve got control over how to react. So look for a way to turn a negative into a positive.


2.  Vague, unclear goals. We all have a dream, a vision we want to turn into reality. But, without a firm, specific plan, without a clear picture on how to achieve it, it’ll almost be like a stab in the dark. Defining and setting your goals clearly is the first important step toward making your dream happen. It’s the roadmap that’ll tell you whether or not you’re on track. Without it, it’ll be easy to get lost in life’s wilderness.


3.  Procrastination. Everybody falls into this trap of inaction and complacency at one point or another. With lots of temptations and distractions around us, it’s so easy to get into the “Manana habit” that I’ll-do-it-tomorrow routine, which in all likelihood you’ll be repeating when tomorrow comes. Learn when you need to jump into action and “seize the day!” At some point you’ll simply have to stop dilly-dallying and start doing.


4.  Not taking risks. A wise old man once said that if you try, something will definitely happen. If you don’t, nothing will. So, get out of your comfort zone. Take a leap of faith. Sure, there’s the possibility of failure, but you’ll never know what you’re truly capable of, if you don’t try. Michael Jordan, Probably the best basketball player in all the world didn’t make it to his high school team. The coach said he wasn’t good enough. Can you imagine if Michael simply decided to stay put and didn’t push himself to get out of his comfort zone and try again?


5.  Being shy about asking questions. The men and women who ask questions and listen with an open mind are sure to get a better perspective of what’s going on around them. Especially if you’re into an entrepreneurship or a business enterprise, asking questions will help you get information you just might need to make good decisions, better decisions. Don’t be a know-it-all and ignore your personal development. Ask who, when, where, how and why. Trust us. Nobody but nobody knows it all. Those who think they do are now in the dumps.

To be sure, there are other bad habits that may be keeping you from achieving success, but staying away from just these five is sure to bring you closer to realizing your dreams.

About the Author


Del Denney has consulted for the top personal development and training organizations in the United States and has addressed thousands of people in talks and seminars throughout the United States and Canada. As a Keynote Speaker and Seminar Leader, he addresses more than 10,000 people each year.

He has studied, researched, written and spoken for over 15 years in the fields of marketing, business, branding and success psychology.

He speaks to audiences on the subjects of Personal and Professional Development. His exciting talks and seminars on Leadership, Selling, Lifestyle by Design, Entrepreneurship, Real Estate Investing, and the Psychology of Success bring about immediate changes and long-term results.

He is the CEO of Full Potential Academy a training company that focuses on personal and professional development, social media growth, and brand development.

He is the owner of a real estate business that buys, sells, and rents homes. His residential redevelopment company focuses on improving neighborhoods and redeveloping residential areas.

Del has also had successful careers in sales and marketing, investments, real estate development, and management consulting.






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