You are talented, you are hard working, you are a people’s person. And yet success seems to evade you. You are intelligent, creative and sensible and yet you are tight-lipped at the idea meeting. You know you could kick ass out of that project but when it’s time to sit and work it out, you feel tired and uninspired. Nothing feels right—you are doing good but you know it’s not up to your potential. God knows you are trying. You cancel plans with friends because you want to spend that extra time focusing on your work. You are torn between enjoying your life and working to achieve your goals. Why then are you not succeeding in doing what you dream of?
t is often said there is only one way to succeed—hard work. Well, turns out you need more than just hard work. Here are some potential mistakes you are making unintentionally that are holding you back from utilizing your true potential.
1. You Are Too Anxious About Succeeding
Fear is not good for success. Success demands courage. When you fear failure, you make mistakes. Anxiety prevents you from working to your potential. It’s a vicious cycle! Be not afraid to make mistakes; the best of people make them. The most successful of people have made plenty of mistakes in their careers. But they did not give up, which is why success was theirs. Had Edison been afraid to fail and had given up after a few attempts, the electirc bulb would have been invented a lot later in the history of civilization.
2. You Are Not True To Yourself
In this world of assembly line products, the biggest challenge is to retain your eccenticity and your identity. Being part of the crowd brings you acceptability, which is why you give in to it easily, sacrificing your identity. How many times have you agreed to something only because the whole group wanted it and you did not want a confrontation by suggesting the opposite? Do not be afraid to stand apart from the crowd. You'd be lonely for a while but you'd be true to yourself.
Amitabh Bachchan was rejected by the radio for his heavy baritone. Had he taken the rejection to heart and believed it to be true, Bollywood would have never seen the legendary star. Today, that heavy baritone is one of his biggest USPs. Moral of the story: embrace your uniqueness.
3. You Crib Too Much About Work
We all love a good cribbing session over a few beers with friends after work, but whining about your work life all the time impacts your performance negatively without you even realizing it. How we feel, speak and think affects our state of mind. Happy thoughts bring about positive outputs. If cribbing is all you do, you will subconsciously start hating your job, your life, your boss. Sound familiar? You’ve already fallen into that trap, haven’t you?
4. You Are Not Listening To Your Heart
There are often times when we keep doing things not because we like doing them but because it’s probably the right thing to do, the in-trend thing to do. And that’s when we enter the herd. And you know what they say about the herd? That it kills creativity and makes you mediocre.
5. You Constantly Compare Yourself To Others
Getting demotivated comes close on heels with anxiety. You look at others, smarter, sharper, fitter and happier than you and you instantly feel bogged down by all that glitter around you. If you focus too much on other runners, you are probably going to trip and fall in the race yourself. Don’t compare and berate yourself all the time. A little healthy competition is good but jealousy will take you nowhere. It’s just a sheer waste of your time and energy.
6. You Don’t Have A Plan
Yeah, we know how it’s cool to not have a plan. While it’s okay to be spontaneous and take life as it comes, it’s absolutely necessary to plan your career. Not in a ‘By-40-I-want-to-be-CEO’ kind of way, but in a ‘I-need-to-master-this-skill-in-the-next-year’ kind of way. You love your job but you are moving ahead aimlessly. You are not tracking your personal growth.