We all want to be more productive, energized, and happier overall, but a lot of our bad habits and routines get in the way. The good news is that we can tweak some and get rid of others to help us work and live better. Here’s what confidence coach Susie Moore says we need to kick out of our lives to see positive results:
- A scattered focus – Moore says it’s not that we have a time shortage, but that we have a focus shortage. As Warren Buffett says, “The biggest difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people say no.” So figure out what you need to say no to so you can focus. We’re looking at you social media.
- Friends who aren’t happy for you – Pay attention to the friends who are cheering you on when you get promoted, engaged, or fit and healthy. Those are the keepers. You don’t need anyone who acts jealous or doubts your choices.
- Grudges – Let go of any hate, anger or resentment you feel toward someone else because it’s only hurting you and making you feel bad. Forgiveness can help you feel more free.
- Overthinking everything – Don’t waste time trying to figure out what your crush’s text meant or if you coworker was being sincere or snarky in her comment. Worrying takes you out of the present moment and that’s all we’ve really got, so don’t miss any happiness it has to offer.
- Talking smack to yourself – Be kind to yourself, even when you make a mistake or things aren’t going as planned. The way you treat yourself affects the reality of your life.
- Complacency – Pushing your personal boundaries helps you make progress and it’s rewarding. Set the bar higher and you’ll live a fuller life.
- Clutter – Take the time to clean out your closets, paperwork, inboxes, apps and friends lists because being organized and simplifying things feels amazing. Plus it’s easier to find what you need in a hurry.
- Trying to please everyone – Don’t say yes to something just to please someone else. It’ll make you feel angry and resentful over time and it’s exhausting.
- Comparing yourself to others – We can’t really know all that’s going on in other people’s lives, so there’s no point in comparing ourselves to them. We might envy someone else’s financial success, but not realize their kid is sick or their marriage is falling apart. So just be thankful for what you’ve got instead.
- Procrastination – The best way to get something done is to just do it. Take the risk. Don’t dwell on everything that could go wrong, instead ask yourself “what’s the best that could happen?” So, what are you waiting for?