5 Habits That Are Keeping You From Success.

3 min readFeb 15, 2021


We all have our own definition of what it means to be successful. Maybe there’s a friend or relative that comes to mind when you think of success. Perhaps a public figure, brand, or celebrity defines success for you. No matter what the picture of success currently looks like for you, many things can stop you from achieving it. Today I will share 5 things that I had to stop doing to find my own success.

1. Overthinking

Overthinking disrupts productivity. It can cause you to dwell on the problem rather than finding a solution. Chances of experiencing anxiety, depression, insomnia, and eating disorders are increased for overthinkers.

2. Doubting Yourself

Self-Doubt kills personal growth, hinders creativity, and breeds procrastination. Imposter Syndrome is an overwhelming feeling of self-doubt and insecurity. This can lead to comparison, unrealistic expectations, and other habits that are non-beneficial.

3. Wasting Time

Time flies, and you can’t get it back. There are so many apps, shows, products, and people that demand our attention daily. Wasting time is a productivity killer, and the hard thing about it is that it’s so easy to do.

4. Living in Your Comfort Zone

Your comfort zone is the space where you know how things work, you navigate with ease, and you feel safe. However, there isn’t much opportunity for learning and growth. Staying in the space where you feel safe keeps you the same person forever, in a not so great way.

5. Winging It

It’s okay to improvise when you need to, but not preparing at all is harmful to success. A lack of preparation can make you appear uninterested and uneducated. Winging it can also cause you unnecessary stress and anxiety. Even a small amount of practice and preparation is better than nothing at all.

Let’s face it, we all want to be successful. For some, that means being well known, and for others, that means being wealthy. There are many self-determined definitions of success. Just as there are many definitions, there are also many blockers. If you have faced a personal success blocker that wasn’t mentioned above, please let me know what it was.

Johnnie Winters IV
Financial Coach

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