Success is a mindset. In order to be successful, you must commit to planning your life around that one burning goal or desire. Before making that big leap of faith, there are certain things that you need to cut out of your life so that you can be prepared when your chance comes along.
Here are 12 habits that you need to cut out of your life immediately. Dropping these habits won’t just make you successful in business, they will help you become more present with your friends and family, and in the long run, will make you happier.
1. Stop helping everyone
It’s nice and rewarding to do good, but not in all instances. To become a millionaire, you have to become a little “selfish“. According to Steve Siebold’s research on “How Rich People Think,” Rich people think selfishness is a virtue, while average people think selfishness is a vice.
If you’re not taking care of you, you’re not in a position to help anyone else. You can’t give what you don’t have.
Taking care of yourself first is not selfish at all as people around you may see it. Rather, “me-first” thinking, especially when it comes to accomplishing your goals at work and in life, often gives the boost needed to move your business forward.
2. Stop multitasking and focus
Studies have shown that 98 percent of humans cannot successfully multitask. Usually, those who believe that they can multitask are actually the worst at it. Stanford scientists write that multitaskers have trouble filtering out irrelevant information, organizing their thoughts, and shifting from one task to another.
Next time you’re trying to be productive, try shutting down every tab on your computer except for the ones that relate to the task at hand. Turn off your notifications and use 100 percent of your focus on that task. You will see a tremendous boost in your productivity.
Related: Why Smart People Don’t Multitask
3. Stop checking social media while you’re working
Social media platforms create a maze of links and posts that are designed to keep you hooked. It is a major time drain and one that does not contribute to success.
Instead of checking WhatsApp, Instagram and Facebook on your breaks, read the meaningful books or articles on the web so you can bring something truly meaningful to your next conversation.
4. Don’t compare yourself to anyone
This will never end well. There will always be someone out there who is smarter, wealthier, more successful and better looking than you. Thinking like this is a distraction, focus on you and you alone. Most importantly, focus on winning your short-term goals and the dominoes of success will start to fall.
5. Stop wasting time with negative people
Notice and kick out negative people in your life. But, don’t cause a scene or ruin a friendship. Just limit your availability for those toxic people in your life. Sure, see them once in awhile. But, a negative influence can cause you to lose focus on what is really important.
6. Stop unnecessary spending and save money
Stop wasting your hard earned money on luxury or on anything you don’t need.
It’s never too late to start saving money. Create a monthly budget that covers all of your basic expenses. Sticking to your budget and saving at least some money each month is a good way to lay the groundwork for your efforts to get rich.
7. Don’t show off, live like you’re poor
Have you ever met someone who is unassuming and modest and then were surprised to later learn that they are actually rolling in dough? A lot of us like showing off whenever we chop a little success. We buy luxury things to show everybody that we have arrived.
However, according to Aliko Dangote, to become a rich man, you need to take yourself out of the social life.
Millionaires are all around us, and many of them are probably not who you would think. This is because they smartly live below their means and save their money rather than showcase it.
8. No more excuses
If you want something, go out there and get it. Don’t create excuses, don’t even create reasons. Reasons are just excuses with makeup on. “If you want to be rich, don’t allow yourself the luxury of excuses” – Robert Kiyosaki
9. Don’t be a perfectionist
Be a realist. Don’t spend those extra five hours meticulously creating fonts and color schemes for a presentation that only you will notice. This goes into time management. Be efficient and effective. Don’t procrastinate by obsessing over little details that don’t matter in the long run (or maybe even in the short run).
10. No more complaining
It’s simple. If you think positive and talk positive, positive things will come to you. Keep the glass half full. Levels of optimism and pessimism correlate directly with overall health. Keep those smiles up and frowns down.
11. Stop thinking everything is about you
Your upset boss isn’t looking to fire you. The taxi driver isn’t giggling at your tie. They have their own problems, and that’s what they are thinking about. Not you!
You’ll be a lot happier when you stop assuming it is all about you.
12. Don’t carry all the weight on your back
Sure you are in charge. But, that doesn’t mean that you need to take on every challenge and micromanage your staff. Learn to delegate. The question you should be asking yourself is not, “how can I get this done,” it should be, “how can this get down in the most efficient manner possible.” Usually good enough is all you need.