If a woman wants to be more successful in life, say goodbye to these 7 habits

We’ve all got habits. Some are good, some not so much. And if we, as women, want to be more successful in life, there are a few habits we might just need to say goodbye to.

Now, don’t get me wrong. It’s not about changing who you are, it’s about evolving. It’s about understanding that certain behaviors might be holding you back from reaching your full potential.

So, if you’re ready for success and willing to make a few changes, this article could be just what you need.

Here’s the lowdown on the habits that might be hindering your path to success. 

1) Procrastination

Let’s face it, we all put things off sometimes. But when procrastination becomes a habit, it can really start to hold you back.

Success doesn’t happen overnight. It’s the result of consistent effort and dedication. And when you’re constantly putting things off until “later”, you’re missing out on opportunities to make progress.

It’s not just about getting things done, either. Procrastination can also lead to increased stress and diminished self-esteem. After all, it’s hard to feel good about yourself when you’re always behind on your tasks.

So if you want to be more successful in life, it might be time to say goodbye to the habit of procrastination.

And remember, it’s not about being perfect. It’s about making progress, even if it’s just a little bit each day.

2) Overworking

Now, this might be a bit surprising. Most of us believe that hard work is the key to success, right? Well, it is, but there’s a catch.

Working 24/7 can actually hinder your success rather than help it. It’s not just about the number of hours you put in, it’s about the quality of those hours.

When you’re constantly working without taking breaks, your productivity and creativity can start to wane. Plus, overworking can lead to burnout, which is definitely not conducive to success.

The key is balance. It’s essential to take time for yourself, to rest and recharge. So if you’re in the habit of pushing yourself too hard, it might be time to take a step back and reassess.

Success isn’t a sprint; it’s more of a marathon. And you need to pace yourself if you want to reach the finish line.

3) Fear of saying no

As someone who’s written a book on overcoming codependency, I’ve talked to countless women who struggle with this habit. We often feel the need to please others and avoid conflict.

It’s easy to say yes to everything and everyone, even when it means putting our own needs or goals aside.

But here’s the thing – you can’t do everything. And trying to can lead to burnout and resentment.

It’s important to prioritize your time and energy. Sometimes, that means saying no to others so you can say yes to what truly matters.

In my book Breaking The Attachment: How To Overcome Codependency in Your Relationship, I share some strategies for setting boundaries and overcoming the fear of saying no.

But for now, just keep in mind – it’s okay to put yourself first sometimes. That’s not selfishness; it’s self-care. And it’s crucial for success.

4) Neglecting self-care

You might have heard the quote from Eleanor Roosevelt, “You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” This has always resonated with me. It’s about pushing boundaries and stepping out of your comfort zone.

But here’s something often overlooked – you’re unlikely to do any of those things if you’re not taking care of yourself first.

Self-care isn’t just about bubble baths and spa days (though those are great too!). It’s about taking care of your physical, mental, and emotional health. It’s about fueling your body with nutritious food, getting enough sleep, and spending time doing things you love.

5) Comparing yourself to others

This is a big one. I’ve seen so many brilliant, talented women get caught up in comparing themselves to others. I’ve been there myself, too. It’s easy to look at someone else’s life, career, or achievements and feel like you’re falling behind.

But here’s the truth – comparison is the thief of joy. And it can be a huge roadblock on your path to success.

Your journey is unique to you. You’re not running the same race as anyone else. So instead of comparing your chapter 1 to someone else’s chapter 20, focus on your own growth and progress.

6) Fear of failure

Thomas Edison once said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”

As an entrepreneur and relationship expert, I’ve had my fair share of setbacks. But I’ve realized that each failure is just a stepping stone towards success.

Fear of failure can paralyze us and keep us from taking risks. It can hold us back from trying new things or stepping out of our comfort zone. But the truth is, everyone who has ever achieved anything significant has faced failure along the way.

So don’t let fear of failure stop you. Embrace it, learn from it, and keep moving forward.

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7) Chasing perfection

This one hits close to home. I used to be a perfectionist. I thought I had to do everything perfectly or not do it at all. But I’ve learned that perfection is not only unattainable, but it’s also not necessary for success.

Chasing perfection can lead to procrastination, overwhelm, and self-doubt. It can keep you stuck in place, too afraid to make a move unless it’s the “perfect” move.

But here’s the raw truth – nobody’s perfect. Not me, not you, not anyone. And that’s okay.

Success is about progress, not perfection. It’s about learning from your mistakes and growing. It’s about moving forward, even when things aren’t “perfect.”

So let go of the idea of perfection. Embrace your flaws and imperfections. They’re part of what makes you unique, and they’re part of your journey to success.

Embrace the journey

The journey to success is often filled with twists and turns, ups and downs. It’s not always a straight path, and that’s okay.

As we’ve explored in this article, there are quite a few habits that can hold us back from truly reaching our potential. But the beauty of life lies in the fact that we have the power to change our habits, to evolve and grow.

I’ve shared my own experiences along with these points because I believe that personal stories can shed light on universal truths. And one truth that I’ve come to understand deeply is that success is not a destination, but a journey.

Eleanor Roosevelt once said, “The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” And I wholeheartedly agree.

In line with this idea, I want to share a video by Justin Brown titled “The dark side of entrepreneurship”.

In this insightful video, he explains how society celebrates the dream of getting rich through being an entrepreneur but fails to put a spotlight on the resilience and mindset required to get there.

He shares the valuable lesson that in life it’s important that we get fulfilment from the journey even when it’s challenging as opposed to living our life just to get to the outcome.

Remember, each step you take brings you one step closer to your goal. So keep going, keep growing, and most importantly, enjoy the journey!

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Tina Fey

I'm Tina Fey, the founder of the blog Love Connection. I've extremely passionate about sharing relationship advice. I've studied psychology and have my Masters in marital, family, and relationship counseling. I hope with all my heart to help you improve your relationships, and I hope that even if one thing I write helps you, it means more to me than just about anything else in the world. Check out my blog Love Connection, and if you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter

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