This is a contributed post.
We all deserve to feel positive about ourselves and see our plans for the future become a success. However, we can’t do that while we’re bogged down by bad habits that have us constantly harried, harassed, and kept distracted by pressures that shouldn’t be there. So, it’s time to look at the habits that are getting in the way of the best you.
Losing track of our resources
Time, money, and effort. Those are three assets we all have to learn to manage. If we misuse our time and effort, we lose those days we could better use to accomplish our goals. If we misuse our money and get into bad financial habits, we can get into debt that is only going to distract us further from what we want to accomplish. Set goals and start getting organized. Don’t lose track of your time, making sure you make a small accomplishment every day. More important still is always keeping an eye on your money by creating a budget that means you don’t have to spend as much time thinking about it.
An addiction to stress
Some people believe that a healthy level of stress is important for pushing us to accomplish more. It can feel like a rush, getting mentally backed up against a wall. But we have to learn how to detach from it again. Find your key to relaxation. Otherwise, that occasional exhilaration can become an oppressive force that doesn’t go away.
More important than any other on this list is taking care of our body. We all develop habits that can cause serious long-term damage to ourselves. We need to climb back out of these habits. The path is never clear of painless, whether it’s withdrawing from cigarettes and caffeine or getting real help and treatment for substance use disorders. However, as long as we carry our self-sabotaging efforts with us, we are never thinking with our best interest at heart. Instead, those habits are an ever-present pressure exerting on us and pushing us to serve that one instinct.
Missing the start of the day
It might sound small, but appreciating the start of the day is important. It gives us time to think about our challenges and meditate on how to get over them and accomplish our goals. It also simply gives us more time to get ready, eat breakfast and relax. Too many of us wake up too late and rush out the gate, our tempo ever dictated by that late start.
Being with the wrong people
We are influenced by the voices around us, whether we admit to it or not. Being open to criticism and other viewpoints is healthy. It helps us be more self-aware. But it’s important to know when you have a naysayer in your life or someone who constantly drags you down. We need to know when to prioritize ourselves and when to say ‘no’ to those who can’t understand that you have your own goals.
The most important thing about fighting these habits are that you don’t need to go it alone. Talk to your doctor. Get some financial help. Look for new friends. Sometimes, the extra perspective, the accountability of it, can be just what you need.