Bad Habits. Are they holding you back?

“First we form habits, then they form us. Conquer your bad habits or they will conquer you.”
~Rob Gilbert

Two days ago, I read the following in The Career Coward’s Guide to Career Advancement: Sensible Strategies for Overcoming Career Fears.

“Habits can be powerful assets, or ball-and-chain liabilities that drag us back into the same routines over and over…  Your habits in your career might drive you, unconsciously, in the wrong direction.  By taking the time to analyze your top priorities, and what you want to create for yourself in your career, you increase your chances for achieving more successful career results in the future.”

Yesterday, I found this blog post by Penelope Trunk.  In it she describes five habits that can keep you stuck in your career.  Seeing both the quote and the blog post in the same week was too coincidental.  Something or someone wanted me to be thinking about my work habits.

In thinking back over the past month, I realized I suffer from all of the five habits Penelope mentions.  Fortunately, I can fix that–and if you are also suffering from them, you can too.

While I don’t usually advocate focusing on your weaknesses, I do believe if you are not moving in the direction you would like, you need to figure out why and fix it.  So for the next couple of weeks, pay attention to your actions.  Are you unreliable?  Do you regularly say “it’s not my job?” Do you procrastinate regularly? Are you resistant to change?  Do you have a negative attitude?

All of us will likely succumb to these actions occasionally.  If you do once in awhile, it may not be a problem.  However, if you find yourself doing any of them regularly, or if you feel strong emotions when doing them, I suggest you target that habit for removal.

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