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5 Insignificant Habits That Are Holding You Back From Success

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The habits holding us back from the level of success are so small we may find them seemingly insignificant. Our roadblocks to the next level are things that we do without thinking.

We associate big things like drugs, hidden lives, and other huge disasters as being roadblocks to success but for most of us, it is small decisions we make daily that are holding us back from the next level of success for our lives.

Your next level of success is waiting for you if you fix these five small but poor decisions:

1. Pressing the snooze button

This simple habit killed my dreams for years. Starting out your day with the undisciplined decision to press the snooze button sets our day off on the foot that we aren’t going to do what we set our mind out to do.

We’ve decided what time we wanted to get up then hit a button to get nine minutes more. The snooze button also cuts time to work towards your dreams, meditate/pray, and study to enhance your worth. Take a step toward success by deciding and sticking to a wake-up time.

 

2. Overindulging with the wrong things

Television, social media, alcohol, and many other activities are not bad within reason. The problem is that one drink can turn into many and one show or a minute to look at Facebook can turn into hours wasted that we will never get back.

Overindulgence turns into a habit, and habits change your life both negatively and positively. Saying no to overindulgence will have you on the road to a higher level of success in no time.

“Every day we have plenty of opportunities to get angry, stressed or offended. But what you’re doing when you indulge these negative emotions is giving something outside yourself power over your happiness. You can choose to not let little things upset you.” – Joel Osteen

3. Consuming negative information

Having no boundaries on what we consume will affect our belief and belief is the foundation of dreams. Hide negative friends on Facebook, stop watching the news and fill your mind with positive information.

Everything is vying for your attention and the more you say no to the wrong type of consumption the more you will believe that your success is possible. Clean up your environment to advance in your level of success.

 

4. Thinking the wrong thoughts

There are thoughts that serve you and empower you and thoughts that don’t. When we have a lazy mind we are up and hopeful one second and down in the dumps the next. Believing all thoughts that enter our minds hold us back from the life we truly want.

Focus on what is good and train your mind to believe no matter what! We can choose what to think and when we choose wisely it will lead us to a new level that we never thought possible before.

 

5. Being indecisive

The problem with indecision is we never go long enough in a direction to gain true momentum. Reaching new heights takes time, energy and overcoming temporary defeat. When we aren’t definite in our direction, we cut our dreams off at the knees.

If you zig-zag through life nothing gets accomplished. Indecision will rob you and have you chasing your tail wondering why nothing ever works. Have a clear focus on what you want to reach a new level of success and hit those goals you never thought possible.

“Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.” – George Canning

The more that these small but major habits ingrain in your life, the harder they are going to be to break. Do not give up, do not yield to setbacks and failure. Conquer one habit at a time. With every habit, you destroy you will be one step closer to success as you define it.

Which of these five small but poor decisions will you eliminate from your life? Please leave your thoughts in the comment section below!

Zechariah Newman builds businesses, runs marathons, and lives life with my wonderful family in southern Oregon. You can see my writing in places like Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Mind Body Green, and the Good Men Project. My goal is to help you build your business while keeping a balanced and fulfilled life. You can visit his website: zechariahnewman.com and follow him on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZechariahNewman

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20 Ways You Can Become a Powerful Communicator

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

But, don’t worry if you don’t naturally possess this skill, as effective communication is something that can be developed with practice, planning and preparation.
 

1.  Listen actively: Practice active listening by giving your full attention to the speaker and responding to what they are saying.

 

2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

I you want to learn how to become more confident in life then you can join my weekly mentorship calls and 40+ online workshops at AweBliss.com so you can master your life with more success.

 
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