When we think about how to achieve success, we often focus on theskills and habits we should add to our lives. But sometimes the key tosuccess actually lies in our ability to give up certain habits andbehaviors. So starting today…
Give up Trying to Be too Clever
Be different and innovate, but not forthe sake of being different, but out of a quest to make things better. Overcome your reluctance to make use of proven methods and good advice.
Don’t try to be clever in order to earn other people’s approval and enhance your self-worth. Actout of a desire for improvement and service and you will end up beingclever in the process.
Give up the habit of waiting
The way you spendyour time defines who you are. You don’t get to choose how you aregoing to die, or when; you can only decide how you are going to liveright now. Trust me, a year from now you will wish you had startedtoday.
Give Up Your Belief In The Future
Yes, your future holds your hopes, your dreams and desires – but your future depends on the choices you make today.
Believe in the presence. You only ever have this moment – because the past moments are gone and the futurewill eventually show up as another moment of now.
Success starts at this very moment, with the choices you make right now. Practice presence.
Notice what’s around you, what you see, hear, taste and smell. Notice what you experience and interact with it.
Give up the excuses
Sooner or later you willcome to realize that it’s not what you lose along the way that counts;it’s what you do with what you still have. When you let go, forgive,and move on, you in no way change the past, you change the future.
Give up trying to be perfect
Sometimes we try to show the world that we are flawless in hopes that we will be liked andaccepted by everyone. But we can’t please everyone, and we shouldn’ttry. The beauty of us lies in our vulnerability, our love, our complex emotions – our authentic imperfections. When we embrace who we are and decide to be authentic, instead of perfect, we open ourselves up to real relationships, real happiness, and real success. There is no need to put on a mask. There is no need to pretend to be someone you’renot. You are perfectly imperfect just the way you are.
Give up doing things you know are wrong
Nothingis more damaging to you than doing something that you believe is wrong. Your beliefs alone don’t help you grow and thrive, your behavior andactions do. So always do what you know in your heart is right, for you.
Give up feelings of entitlement
Nobody owes youanything. When you approach life with the false sense that you are owed things, you will naturally become less productive and constantly findyourself disappointed by reality. When you are grateful for what youhave, and see positive things as bonuses, versus owed entitlements, youwill earn great successes gradually as you grow.
Give up relationships that want you to be someone else
The best kind of relationship is the one that makes you a betterperson without changing you into someone other than yourself.
Give up letting others decide what you can and can’t do
In order to live your own authentic life, you have to follow YOURinner GPS, not someone else’s. When others say, “You can’t do it!” or“That’s impossible,” don’t lose hope. Just because they couldn’tdoesn’t mean you can’t.
Give Up Your Mask
In order to avoid getting hurt and rejected, we hide who we really are behind a mask of who we think we should be.
Have the courage to be you, to show your true emotions and stand behind them – even at the risk of disapproval.
Embrace not only the “good” side of you, but also the vulnerable side. Because vulnerability is authentic and real.
It’s the source of creativity and innovation. It creates opportunity.
“Vulnerability sounds liketruth and feels like courage. Truth and courage aren’t alwayscomfortable, but they’re never weakness.” ~Brené Brown,