1. It’s Always Been This Way
This phrase alone is proof that you’re afraid of change. However, in order to reach a new level of success, this is a fear that you must be willing to let go of. Although change can be scary, it is sometimes necessary. Some routines, if not carefully evaluated, can begin to stunt our growth tremendously. Change helps us break free from routines that are no longer beneficial to us. It challenges old habits, teaches us to be flexible, and offers new perspectives and opportunities that help us grow.
2. I’m Not Ready
Here’s the truth: No one is ever 100% ready for anything. If you’re always waiting for the perfect time to do something, chances are you’ll be waiting forever. When you tell yourself “I’m not ready,” what you’re really saying is this—“everything must be perfect in order for me to start.” Many times, we don’t fully become ready until after we start. Whether it’s applying for your dream job or starting that business that you’ve been postponing for the past two years, don’t be afraid to start before you think you’re ready.
3. That’s Just How I Am
Whether you realize it or not, this statement alone is greatly hindering your growth – both personally and professionally. By attempting to rationalize your actions with this statement, you are failing to acknowledge that you have control over your own behavior. Blaming certain actions on your personality is a habit that you should consider dropping if you want to be successful, as it leaves very little room for self-improvement and positive change.
4. I’ll Do It Tomorrow
Ongoing procrastination, if not corrected, could cost you your career. Procrastination is often associated with a lack of motivation or interest. In some cases, it is even associated with laziness. If you’re constantly putting things off until “tomorrow,” you could be missing out on the amazing opportunities of today. Try prioritizing your tasks by writing each of your goals down with a specific deadline. Once you’ve organized each task, break them up into smaller tasks [adding new deadlines for each small task]. This way, the tasks are much more manageable and the goal seems less overwhelming.
5. I Wish…
It’s important to remember that a wish without a plan of action remains just a wish. Starting a sentence with this particular phrase implies that the goal (following these two words) is not reasonable for you to achieve. Instead of saying “I wish…” ask yourself, “How Can I?” This way, you begin to proactively think of ways to transform that wish into a plan of action. Here are a few examples:
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