Life is essentially a journey and our goal is to find and live our passion. But very often, our habits prevent us from achieving what we want. They stop us from seeing the truth. We all have our own individual habits that are detrimental to our growth. And then there are some habits that apply to more people.
Here is a look at the top five mistakes that hold us back.
We all make excuses.We know that we’ve got goals – we know what we want to do with our lives. But something prevents us from doing it.
Consider this situation. You want to start a business or write a book. But you dare not take that first step. You assume that you are not good enough. You assume that you don’t know enough. You assume that no one will want to listen to you. You feel that you don’t have enough connections. Consequently, you don’t start.
If you really want to go ahead, you need to do what you want in spite of the excuses roaming about in your mind. Don’t listen to them. They exist to block your path.
Don’t aim for perfection. If you want to do something, start now. Don’t wait until you have learned everything. Don’t wait until you become perfect. Take that first step. Focus on what you can do with what you have. In most cases, all that you need to do is to listen to your inner voice.
2. Obsession with perfection
Forget about perfectionism. When you start out, you don’t necessarily have to get everything right. Very often, we seek perfection because we don’t want others to judge or criticize us. Our perfectionism is our armor. It is supposed to protect us from the world. But this is a faulty approach. While perfection is great, it is an unachievable goal. You will never be perfect, but that is fine. You are constantly growing and improving.
It is okay to try to be perfect, but don’t wait until you become perfect. Instead, try to do your best. Follow your heart; follow your passion, and stop worrying about what others would think.
3. Worrying about what others would think
People are not exactly interested in what you do. They are busy with their own lives and don’t spend a lot of time thinking about you. Even if they do, you are not supposed to let others prevent you from doing what you want. It’s your life after all. And you have every right to decide how you should live it. Let people say whatever they want, but you should still do what you love.
You will never know everything. You are constantly learning. You don’t have to know everything to share your knowledge. Share what you know. That’s enough.
4. Comparing yourself to others
Don’t compare yourself to others. There are people who know better than you; who earn better than you. And that’s fine. But don’t compare yourself with them. You are unique. There is no one like you. And you are here to walk your own path. Trust your heart and see where it takes you.
5. Yearning for results
Some people assume that they will be happier when they achieve more. That is not quite true. Happiness has nothing to do with success. Happiness stems from a sense of fulfillment. It is a result of spiritual awakening. You don’t necessarily have to be successful to be happy. And you won’t necessarily be happy just because you are successful.
Don’t work round the clock thinking that you will achieve success and happiness faster. You will probably achieve success, but you are unlikely to be happy when you don’t get a minute to yourself. Don’t force yourself to achieve success or happiness.
Don’t resist the spontaneous and natural changes in your life. It will only create sorrow. Let reality be reality. Make the most of this life, because this is the only chance you’ve got.