In leadership and business, success can be influenced by what you don’t do, as much as it is by what you do.
In a recent Forbes post, author of Breakdown, Breakthrough Kathy Caprino examines eight self-limiting behaviors that successful employees and leaders avoid.
1. Engaging in “below the line” thinking: “Below the line” thinking shapes the way business leaders approach challenges. It’s the blame game, pointing to outside circumstances — a flat economy, your industry, your work environment — as being responsible for lack of professional growth and stagnating business.
Caprino notes that while challenges come to every leader, those that practice “above the line thinking” will weather them more easily because they recognize “[sic]they are accountable for life and career, and have what it takes to navigate through challenges successfully.”
2. Mistaking wishful thinking for action: The most successful professionals understand that the outcomes they are pursuing are rooted in current activities.
“It’s critical to take bold action towards your vision, in order to create success.”
Business and personal goals will remained unmet and unfulfilled without meaningful and deliberate action.
3. Remaining powerless and speechless: By advocating for themselves, successful people communicate their value and make sure that others in their organization know it.
They view themselves as in control of their own direction, tackle challenges directly, and seek out solutions.
4. Not investing in themselves: It’s one thing to feel thwarted by circumstances and quite another to do something about it, says Caprino.
“Successful people spend money, time and effort on their own growth because they know it will pay off.”
5. Resisting change: Change is inevitable and it can be uncomfortable, but a willingness to adapt and embrace the trends of their industry sets successful people apart from the crowd.
“Those who are unsuccessful bemoan what is appearing before them and stay stuck in the past or in what they ‘expected’”.
6. Honoring other people’s priorities over their own: Setting boundaries and expectations about the importance of their priorities, values, and mission over those of their peers and colleagues, keeps successful people focused on meeting the goals they have firmly set.
“To do this, they are very clear about their top priorities in life and work, and won’t be waylaid by the priorities and values of others.”
7. Doubting their instincts: Caprino notes that successful professional believe in themselves without fail, even when they “acknowledge they have ‘power gaps’ or blind spots, and areas that need deep development.”
Confidence in ability and vision keeps the best leaders focused on continually improving processes, coaching styles, and work habits. When they do stumble, they recognize the lesson and move on.
8. Searching for the easy answers: Success is directly proportional to the effort applied in pursuing it, says Caprino.
It might sound clichéd, but success doesn’t come easy for anyone. It’s the result of hard work, a clear vision, and not allowing others to distract and derail.
What behaviors do you avoid to be more successful?