5 bad habits that are holding you back
We’re all guilty of doing things that prevent us from unlocking our true potential, but sometimes we simply aren’t aware of just how much these things affect our health and happiness. Below I’ve listed five bad habits that are holding you back, habits which we all need to banish from our lives in order to become freer, healthier and happier.
Being worried about what other people think
We spend too much time trying desperately to please others, to the extent that we actually end up causing more harm than good, as we fail to realise what we want for ourselves. It’s time to give up seeking approval from others and do what’s best for YOU, rather than what’s best for those around you. Remember that it doesn’t matter what they think; take care of your own needs and desires, and the rest will fall into place.
Being reluctant to act upon your dreams
A number of people reach the end of their lives with regrets, which are usually not based on things they’ve done, but things they haven’t done, such as travel the world. Rather than regretting the past, wouldn’t it be best to look back and think, “Wow, I had the most incredible time!” The only way that’s going to happen is if you stop dreaming and start acting. Even if things don’t pan out quite the way you were hoping they would, you’ll have learned some invaluable life lessons and hey, at least you can say you gave it a go rather than forever wondering “what if?”
Not living in the moment
Are you always worrying about the future or dwelling on things that happened in the past? If so, this can seriously hold you back from enjoying the present time and being happy. There is no point reflecting on what could have been, as there is nothing you can do to change a moment that has already passed, nor is there any point in worrying about what’s to come as you can’t predict the future. Instead, simply surrender to what is going on in your life right now and enjoy it, embrace it. You won’t ever be able to relive this moment, so make the most of it while you can.
Comparing yourself to other people
It’s inevitable that we compare ourselves to others and this is often something we do without even realising. However, we shouldn’t let other people’s achievements and happiness get in the way of our own. Think about what’s important to you, what makes you unique, and focus on these things instead of coveting what your best friend, neighbour or colleague has, as this won’t get you anywhere.
Choosing to be miserable
It might sound strange, but you can choose your mood and prevent certain incidents from making you miserable; rather than allowing yourself to become upset as the result of a bad day, stay positive and remind yourself that you’re capable of coping with any obstacles in your path. When you wake up in the morning, visualise yourself completing all the tasks you need to complete, overcoming any challenges that might stand in your way and things going even better than expected. A simple habit such as this can have an enormously beneficial impact on your productivity and mood.