3 Damaging Habits That Get in the Way of Success

Kelsey Clark

It's human to slip up in your continuous efforts to be more positive, confident, compassionate, productive, approachable… the list goes on. But when those slipups become the rule rather than the exception, it can have an impact on your ability to achieve the life you envision for yourself, both at work and in your personal life. Business Insider recently chronicled some of the most common damaging behaviors of unsuccessful people, and the resulting list bears one common thread: the tendency to be your own worst enemy. Here are three damaging habits that resonated with us most: 

They never finish anything.

Starting your own business, getting into the best shape of your life, or becoming a more positive person takes time—a process that our tech-centric, on-demand culture isn't well-suited to. But the inability to finish a project will resign you to a life of disappointment, as you're constantly searching for the next best connection or opportunity. Just think of where you'd be now if you stuck to your 2016 New Year's resolution of getting in shape, rather than abandoning your goal out of frustration.

They can't handle criticism.

Receiving criticism, however constructive it may be, is no easy feat. This is especially true for those in creative fields, whose work may hold an element of personal pride or emotional attachment (more on that here). But criticism and progress go hand-in-hand; you can't improve your craft without knowing exactly where you're lacking. The key is being able to separate any criticism from your innate sense of self; a negative review of your essay doesn't detract from who you are as a person.

They underestimate themselves.

As BI points out, Dr. Leon Seltzer of Psychology Today explains underestimating oneself as the act of "believing that whatever successes you've had are largely fortuitous and not really reflective of your capability." This sends the message that you don't value your own achievements, nor your ability to achieve success. How you view yourself has an impact on how others will view you, both at work and in your personal life.

Head over to Business Insider for the full list of damaging habits, and tell us, what would you add to this list?

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