10 Reasons why we are not as Successful as we should be

Namaste friends,

How have you been? I hope you are doing great with your hustles. Never get satisfied!

Well, today I am here with an interesting post. It is interesting because it talks about things that we avoid thinking about – reasons we are not as successful as we should be. Today, I am going to stress about things that we want to do as we know that these will help us in our path to success, but still, we fail to adhere to them. There could be many reasons why we do not follow them, but it is important that we try and bring these to our plate and give them a thought as well. We can improve and we will.

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Now, before getting into the specific reasons we are not as successful as we should be, let me tell you that not all of these would be relevant to you. Which means one may be following a few of these religiously while missing out on the others. If this is your case, try to concentrate on the ones you are not able to follow and take steps towards your success.

Let’s start the countdown one by one.

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1. Being Lazy:

Laziness has destroyed many dreams and I can tell from personal experience that laziness has stopped many from achieving what they could have achieved if they were not lazy. If you think you are lazy, then try not to be. You are the best judge but if you are not sure, ask your immediate family members for their frank feedback – they can easily tell if you are an idler. Take proper steps to come out of laziness. One thing I can suggest is to not procrastinate things and do what you intend to do right away! Let me know if it helps when you practice this.
(Check out my Online Course on Time Management & Productivity on Udemy Or Skillshare, if you want to go a step further into this point)

2. Lack of Positivity:

Being positive and staying positive alone can move mountains and I have seen this happen in real life. If you lack positivity in life, you are missing out on a lot many things. Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, in his book The Power of Positive Thinking: 10 Traits for Maximum Results, talks about how you can build your confidence and determination by staying positive. Stay positive. Surround yourself with positivity and positive people as much as you can. That will help the cause. You can achieve a lot more with whatever you are doing, by simply staying positive about it and the success that this will bring to you in the long run.

3. Too much Analysis:

Stop thinking and get doing. Most of us spend more time in analyzing things that we are doing. We analyze things too much and at times much before they actually happen. Consider this as a request from me and think twice before you start analyzing “what happens when.” Seize this moment and work towards fulfilling your goals and don’t waste time on analyzing. This is something that you can easily outsource in the long run if you are a growing entrepreneur. If you are still in the initial stages and cannot afford to hire an analyst, trust me, more often than not, you do not actually need this analysis. Get back to work and move towards achieving your goals. Goals? Well, check the next big reason that one cannot achieve what he should.

4. No SMART Goals:

Most of us have a lot to do in our mind, but we do not have specific set goals. This is an important step in every achiever’s life – to have set goals. We must have goals to achieve – some kind of milestones and a known end result or destination of our voyage. Otherwise, our journey is not going to be cherished. Brian Tracy, one of my favorite authors, has discussed the power of having effective goals in his book – Goals! How to get everything you want – faster than you ever thought possible. And not only goals but having SMART goals is something which is very important. By SMART, I mean that your goals should be:

  • Specific
  • Measurable
  • Achievable
  • Realistic
  • Time Bound.

Similarly, you should also have defined your success in measurable terms. Only when you can define what your success would look like, you can achieve it much faster than that you thought you would. That is another topic though, and we can delve into it in a separate post.

5. Procrastination:

A big reason that we do not achieve what we can is that we push the work on hand to the future. Procrastination is a criminal offense that we perform every now and then. We waste a lot of time in analyzing, as we saw earlier and the rest of the time is lost in procrastination. It becomes a habit of pushing today’s work to tomorrow and then to the next day until our work pile up and we feel pressurized due to the workload. That is the point where most of us break and stop working completely. There is a wonderful book, if you want to read that, titled, “Zero Excuses: How to live a Beautiful Life and be Cool as F*ck” written by Gabriel Machuret. Check it out on Amazon.in.

6. Thinking Small:

I am sure most of us have heard about the power of thinking big. The Magic of Thinking Big is an award-winning bestseller written by David J Schwartz which talks about positive thinking and thinking big. This can be a guide to a better life. This book can change the way you think and hence, prepare you for a better tomorrow. Thinking small limits us to the extent till which we think. If we think small, we cannot achieve big – this is as simple as that and there is no deviation to this. Think Big – think Now! Feel free to get a hold of the book I listed above and I am sure it will help you change the way you think or at least, boost your confidence in yourself.

7. Privilege:

Were you born with a silver spoon in your mouth? Did your ancestors leave enough riches that can take you through your life and probably your next generations without moving a stone? If yes, you are one of those few lucky people in this world, who does not even accumulate up to 1% of the population. For the rest of us, we need to work and work our own path to success. We are not the privileged ones and are not entitled to heaps of wealth. If you think you are while you are actually not the fortunate one, it is time you STOP thinking about it and get back to work. Probably right now!

8. Phobia:

There was a Bengali poem which we read in school which said that we do not do what we must because we are afraid of what others will say. This is an illusion and you must come out of it at the earliest. In today’s world, no one is actually that bothered about you that they stop everything they are doing and brainstorm about what you are doing to be successful in life. Well, if you are a famous YouTuber and publish daily vlogs, then that is a different case. You would want people to know your every step and comment about it – in which case, I am pretty sure, you do not have this phobia. Otherwise, come out of this illusive phobic disorder, which is a general term used for all kinds of phobias.

9. Lack of confidence:

Most of us have a lot of dreams but not all of them come true. For some, dreams come true only in films and books but not in real life. This is utterly a mistake. If you are confident that whatever you are doing will make you successful one day, you should go ahead with it and put in your efforts to reach your goal and be successful. Believe in yourself, be confident and be sure within your own that you can do it – you can win the race and that you can make a difference and achieve success. But we do not do that because we lack confidence. We remain unsure of our own abilities and deep within ourselves, we do not believe that we can achieve or do what we intend to do. Lack of enough confidence and self-belief is a big reason that we do not achieve what we should, otherwise.

10. Weak Willpower:

Do you really want what you say you do? Really? Like, from the inside? Are you determined to go through anything that comes in between you and your success? Do you have a strong willpower to back you up? If yes, then success will be yours. There is no second thought. But most of us do not achieve what we should because of a weak willpower and a feeble determination. Successful people are often known to be highly determined and single-minded. They can focus on their path to success and reach their destination faster than others because of their strong willpower. The book, “The Science of Self-Discipline” by Peter Hollins talks about willpower, mental toughness, and self-control which can help you achieve your goals faster. You can get this too, from Amazon.in.

So, these are the top 10 reasons, according to me, which pull us back and does not let us succeed as much as we are capable of. They are not in any order of preferences and each one has equal impact on our own road to success. 

Which one do you think is restricting you from growing? Or do you have more than one of these reasons? Do write your comments and let me know. Your comments encourage me to write more.


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