Monday, September 15, 2014

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5 Things You're Doing To Undermine Your Success

5 Things you're doing to undermine your success | Yes, We Rise

"I should be farther than I am!" ...

"I've been working too long and too hard to only be HERE!"...

Sound familiar? It should. We all think it. Self-assessment, mapping, goal-tracking, call it what you want -- it's what we do to figure out if what we are doing is working. That said, in the midst of all of our assessing and analyzing, sometimes we "miss" the obvious little things that undermine our success. We over-look the little "bad" habits that derail our progress and distract us from keeping the main thing, the main thing.

In Stephen Covey's book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change" he says “If I really want to improve my situation, I can work on the one thing over which I have control - myself.”

Reaching our destiny and accomplishing our goals requires that we apply a higher level of discipline and practice proactive behavior(s) that help to keep us on task. For each of us, our level of mastery of critical skills and success tactics will be different. However, we all have room for improvement, when it comes to the "distractions," the things that undermine our success.

Which one do you need to work on?


  1. Watching Other People - "You cannot focus on YOUR purpose, watching other people." Stop spending time looking at what someone else has, how far they've gotten, or comparing when they started, to when you did. Each of us has our own prescribed journey. When it's your time and your turn, things will happen for you. Your job is to do what you need to do, and not worry about anybody else. If you are investing your energy and time on you and yours, you won't have time for anyone else.
  2. Focusing on the Wrong Thing(s) - Are your priorities and plans aligned with the work and vision that has been set aside for you to do? Too many times we are trying to build an empire, when all we are supposed to be doing is helping one person. We focus on six figure incomes, and multi-level deals when it could simply be about $20 donations and five hours of volunteer time. Instead of trying to build toward tomorrow, focus on today and what's within your sphere of influence. There are many things that you can do in your immediate surroundings, with existing resources that can have a resounding impact now. Let Oprah be worry about being the best you, that you can be...and you will get there, but you have to start where you are.
  3. Vision Delay - The number one reason we fail to succeed is because we fail to act. We fail to act because we are waiting for the entire "plan" to fall into place. Ironically, the plan will never fall into place, until we begin to act. Our proactive action, will initiate/facilitate the evolutionary process that needs to occur to assist us in meeting our goal. When we get "stuck" in prep mode or wait until everything is perfectly aligned and abundantly clear we miss out on the process that gets us to where we are supposed to be. Stop spending so much time prepping and not doing.
  4. Ignoring the Obvious - When we invest a lot of time and energy in a project or task, it's difficult to acknowledge that it might be faulty or not working out. We do not have all of the answers, but we can recognize when something isn't working. Stop holding on to old processes, ideas and people that are no longer working for where you are right now. We all have areas in our lives where we are holding on to stuff that clearly is not benefiting us anymore. Whether its out of fear, loyalty or just inattentiveness, we have to let that "stuff" go. By letting go of the obviously not working things in our lives -- we make room for more, better, effective and purposeful.
  5. Poor Time Management - As much as we are committed to ourselves and our tasks, we all can do a better job of managing our time. When we schedule our time and allocate resources to a project or task, we are much more effective. However, time management is not just about scheduling, it's also about proper use. When you can write a status update about your favorite prime time show, because you were watching it while working on your "business plan," one of them didn't get the proper attention. (substitute business plan for whatever you like the point remains the same). In addition to setting aside specific time for whats important, you have to make it meaningful, give what's important to you your total and full attention, you will be surprised how much you get done. If it's worth your energy and attention, it's worth your QUALITY time. Facebook, Monday Night Football, Scandal...can wait...unless of course, you are Mark Zuckerberg, NBC or Shonda Rhimes.

What do you need to work on?

Peace, Joy & Love,
Michelle H.


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