Perhaps aside from the most successful people in the world, we all self-sabotage to one degree or another. Some wait until they are close to success, while others sabotage themselves before they even get started. The causes are the same regardless of when it occurs.
The world is tough enough without taking on the role of the greatest obstacle you face in life. You are also the toughest opponent to beat.
Few people address this issue. You will have an advantage over most people you know if you can put an end to this behavior. There is not much else in your way if you can get out of your way.
Here Are 9 Strategies to Avoid Self-Sabotage and Enjoy More Success:
Think about your goals
Does this make you feel uncomfortable? This is the best predictor of your ability to follow through on a goal. If you can think about achieving your goal and only have positive feelings, you will not sabotage yourself. But, if you get that queasy feeling, you know that you have some work to do.
Visualize positive outcomes
Imagine everything turning out well. It is only when you start predicting the worst that you will have issues. This does not mean to ignore the potential pitfalls, but it is important to avoid overwhelming yourself with worries.
Handle the worst
Consider the possible worst-case scenarios and issues that may come up in the future and determine how you will handle them. This is a one-time exercise.
Doing this every day will sabotage your efforts.
Avoid making decisions when you are stressed
Quitting just before attaining your goals usually happens when you are emotionally distressed. Decisions made in this mental state often focus on releasing that emotional stress instead of considering the future ramifications. Avoid big decisions until you have had a chance to soothe yourself and calm down.
Avoid starting “tomorrow”
There is always another tomorrow. It is a moving target that is always conveniently out of reach. Once you have set a goal, start doing something today. How many times have you “tomorrow-ed” yourself? The same thing can be said about starting on Monday or the first of the month.
Keep your mental chatter positive
Some experts say that we have up to 50,000 thoughts each day. Most of them are not particularly supportive or encouraging. You can change that!
Notice how you sabotage yourself
Do you suddenly quit? Do you procrastinate? What do you do to sabotage yourself? Knowing your propensities will help you to recognize when your efforts are derailing. If you can see it coming, you can do something about it.
Stop fearing failure
You have failed at other things. How bad was it really? Probably not that bad. Learn from your undesired outcomes and try again. That is 90% of success in life.
Build your self-esteem
Some people self-sabotage because they believe they do not deserve it. Love and accept yourself and want the best for yourself. Then you will do the best for yourself.
Believe that you are worthy of success and you are halfway there. Failure is a part of life. It is even a necessary part of life. You become more knowledgeable and capable with each failure. Study yourself and notice how you sabotage yourself. You can deal with it right away when it happens.
Self-sabotage is a common behavior. Part of your brain perceives it as a way of protecting yourself. Take a stand against self-sabotage and put an end to it once and for good!
Are you ready to make personal and spiritual changes in your life? Consider a one on one private session with Moira or a reading to free yourself from limitations and open yourself up to greater possibilities? I invite you to open the door.
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Moira Hutchison is a Mindset Cultivator, Energy Healer, and Tarot Card Reader. Her specialties range from helping people with broad goals such as accepting change, life planning, and personal balance, to specific goals like gaining motivation and overcoming issues such as procrastination, excess stress and self-sabotage.