Check yourself before you wreck yourself.—Karima Mariama

We’ve all been there.  Our confidence levels have slipped; our “gremlins” are telling us “no” when our inner self is telling us “yes, you can do it”.  We’re hesitant to move forward, and we sometimes stall or tune out.

Karima Mariama provides 5 Self-Sabotaging Behaviors we should be aware of and make efforts to avoid.

1. Comparing yourself to others
Too much focus on others is bad for business and worse for self-confidence. (That does not mean we can’t learn from others, but if we’re constantly comparing, we’ll always find someone that “does it better”).

2. Failure to take risks and consistently challenge yourself
The most successful people are always pushing limits and expanding boundaries. Accept that things don’t always go as planned, but don’t settle. Be persistent; and always strive for new ways to do more.

3. Succumbing to distractions
Increase your ability to accomplish tasks by limiting your access to certain distractions. Be cognizant of the time spent on social media and your cell phone – is it time well spent?

4. Inaction
Part of the reason we procrastinate is because we look at big projects and we don’t know where to start. Break the required actions into smaller components and don’t be afraid to ask for assistance when needed.

5. An unwillingness to relinquish past mistakes
Try to tune out the negative self-talk; Be kind to yourself. Remember, to err is human; to forgive yourself is divine.

Mistakes and missteps happen; we need to own them, learn from them, and assess what to do differently so they are not repeated. We also need to avoid self-sabotage.

In the words of Travis Bradberry: Smart, successful people are by no means immune to making mistakes; they simply have the tools in place to learn from their errors.



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