Even the smartest, most successful people slip into bad habits that decrease their morale, kill their motivation and drain their energy. Keep your spirits—and productivity—high by avoiding these actions:
1. Refusing to ask for help. No one can do it all alone. Everyone needs advice, coaching or a helping hand from time to time. Don’t be so arrogant or insecure that you don’t reach out for assistance when you need it.
2. Thinking you know it all. You don’t, and you will crush your spirits trying to figure out everything on your own. Akin to asking for help, request people’s feedback and insight.
3. Failing to let go of the past. Dwelling on mistakes, stewing over failures, rehashing conflicts and thinking about “what might have been” steal your focus and threaten your success. Let go and move forward.
4. Trying to control everything. It’s not possible. At times, both circumstances and people will be completely out of your control. What you can control is your reaction to everything and everyone else. Learn to adapt and work with what’s in front of you.
5. Waiting to be 100% ready. You never will be, and sometimes you just need to move forward for the good of your team and the organization. Take risks if you want to truly innovate.
6. Hiding from problems. If you avoid people, procrastinate on tough assignments or dodge other issues, you are merely delaying the inevitable. Ease your stress by confronting your problems. Don’t stop until you have resolved them.
— Adapted from “12 Bad Habits Smart People Do Every Day,” Lolly Daskal, Inc., www.inc.com.