Top 10 ways to screw yourself over in business and life

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Top 10 ways to screw yourself over in business and life

When it comes to personal and professional development, I find that there are a lot of people communicating about all the things that you could do to make your life better. The trouble is, often they are only telling us what we already know. Inevitably, most people get tired of hearing the same old message over and over again. As a result, the message, regardless of its core value, simply becomes white noise. The unfortunate result is that we turn off and tune out from messages that could have a positive impact upon our lives.

When I recently presented the list below  to a couple of groups, I was interested to learn that in every instance  everyone was committing at least one of these negative behaviours.

As a result, they were in one way or another, screwing themselves over.

I hope that you too, use the list to consider what you are doing to screw yourself over, and make a conscious choice to change things.  Let’s face it you already know that if you keep doing these things, your life and your business is going to stay precisely where it is. That’s great if everything is currently exactly how you want it to be. I suspect it could be better though…


10 Negative Behaviours to Screw Yourself Over

  1. Don’t set yourself any targets or goals.
    There’s an old saying that say’s if you aim at nothing you’re bound to hit it.  Guess what?  It’s true.
  2. Treat your body like a garbage truck.
    Don’t expect optimum performance from a machine that isn’t looked after.
  3. Be unclear about what’s important to you and ensure you don’t tell anyone about it.
    Nobody is going to give you a free ride.  There’s only one person who can make it happen for you and you come face to face with them every morning when you look in the mirror.
  4. Be a victim to your circumstances.
    We all suffer setbacks.  What we choose to do about them will determine how they affect you in the medium and long term.  You can choose to wallow in self pity or you can choose to make a change for the better.
  5. Repeat the same behaviours that are getting the results that you don’t want.
    A guy by the name of Albert Einstein once defined insanity as repeating the same process over and over again and expecting a different result.
  6. Expect everyone around you to change.
    Good luck with that!  Pay attention to your own back yard – you can make changes there.
  7. Be pessimistic.
    Mindset is almost everything in business and life.  Self fulfilling prophesies have a habit of hitting the mark.
  8. Allow one failure or mistake set the tone for all things.
    Come on, you’re better than that.  You only fail when you give up.  You’ve heard that success is 99% perspiration and 1% inspiration.  Pick yourself up, dust yourself off and get going.
  9. Allow your sense of worth to be derived from people who put you down.
    There will always be critics.  Haters are going to hate.  All that negative energy can only hurt you if you let it.
  10. Stay inside your comfortable comfort zone
    Yes it’s nice and safe.  But nobody became successful without sticking their neck out and taking some calculated risks.

Have a look at the following video, which I recorded to expand on these points.

Take Control of Your Personal and Professional Development

So now, knowing how you’re screwing yourself over, you have a choice. You can continue to do the same things that you’re currently doing, getting the same results, or you can choose to change.

If you choose to change, make the change from right now. Start by making  small shifts, consistently over time, to start having a greater impact on your life and business.

Good luck – let me know which of my top ten you’re doing the most, and what actions you are going to take to and which you’re going to change.


What to do next:

I live and breathe helping business owners get the clarity needed to continue going forward, and this is without a doubt my deep passion and purpose; I absolutely love what I do. If you want to have a chat about how I help you achieve your goal, get in touch.

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