What are the habits that drive us away from achieving success?

We all have bad habits and that’s perfectly normal. But some of these habits may be the reason why your career or your personal life does not evolve the way you want.

Here are 11 habits that may prevent you from achieving success:

1. You are not saying your opinion

Society teaches us to be obedient and not to break the rules. But, if you don’t take risks and don’t say your point of view, don’t expect something exciting to happen to you. Make yourself heard and do not be afraid to express your point of view.

2. You are always late

A successful man is trustworthy and very devoted, so if you have the habit of being late, no one will take you seriously. According to a San Francisco University study, continuous lag is related to anxiety and low self-esteem.

3. You hold grudges

If you keep grudges, all you do is filling yourself with negative thoughts and feelings. In fact, keeping such intense feelings within you can cause health issues.

4. You conform

If you believe absolute compliance will lead you to success and increase your popularity, you are wrong. Every time you choose to follow others, you lose great opportunities. Don’t be a conformist!

5. You are wasteful

Do you often end up with an empty wallet and over-indebted credit cards? This can be a reflection of your financial future. Finances are very important and the proper organization and management of money show a responsible person.

6. You procrastinate

People who procrastinate lose opportunities because they fail to complete their job they undertake in time. They harm their reputation because they are inconsistent.

Watch: Stop Procrastination

7. You are not honest

Lying can become addictive and one lie leads to the other. Soon, you will be trapped in a vicious cycle that you won’t be able to escape from. The solution? Be honest from the beginning. Sometimes it can be annoying when you see others succeeding through lies, but the satisfaction of a success based on the truth is much greater.

8. You whine

It is good to say what you are thinking, especially when there is something that bothers you, but you should not be exaggerated. People have the habit of avoiding those who grumble and criticizing others all the time.

9. You push people away

The key to success is to have a large contact network that could save you from future problems. The road to achieving success can be long and difficult, but with a little help, it can become easier and enjoyable.

10. You don’t take care of yourself

Always take care of yourself to be healthy. Stress can become your worst enemy, so don’t let the bustle of everyday life stop you from eating healthy foods or exercising.

11. You don’t practice body language

Good first impressions are very important, but the same is true for the second and third. Your body speaks more than your words. Learn to behave like a reliable and confident man. Always keep eye contact with the person you are talking to and have a straight posture.

H/T: Business Insider

Making financial mistakes as a freelancer is normal, especially if you are not experienced.

More people than ever are working today as freelancers, enjoying the freedom and flexibility that come with setting your own hours and being your own boss. The benefits of freelance work are evident at a first glance, but the downsides may not be the same.

Some view freelancing as a way of making more money than ever without having to listen to the nagging voice of a superior all day. However, working for yourself comes with an entirely new brand of responsibilities that cannot be ignored or delayed. Here are five of the most common financial mistakes that every freelancer makes.

1. Not Being Organized

Even for freelancers, costs that are entailed by cell phone or internet service can be deducted from the taxable income. Most people either do not know this or cannot keep track of their spending in order to lower their costs.

Being a freelancer is firstly about perpetually learning new things. How to be organized enough to know where your money is only one of them. Toward this purpose, a proper filling system has to be in place in order to save the freelancer of the hassle of continually keeping track of everything. Secondly, being organized is about self-discipline. Without a boss or an overseer, you must manage your own hours, pushing any distraction safely away for the duration of your self-set work hours.

2. Emergency & Retirement Fund

Working as a freelancer has its perks, but it also means that the cash flow will be sporadic. This can make saving – either for an emergency or for your retirement – extremely hard to do.

First of all, an emergency fund is something that most people, irrespective of being freelancers or not, should have. For a freelancer dependent on his clients, such a fund is even more important as it can get you through periods of the month when work is scant.

Setting up a retirement fund early on is essential for the quality of life that you will have later in life. Connected to a responsible fiscal behavior, setting some money aside each month for old age can be a difficult habit to maintain, especially when you are hampered by other, immediate costs.

However, both the emergency and retirement fund serve as safety nets for you, the self-standing freelancer. You do not enjoy the cushion of a severance package or the safety of a monthly paycheck. If your ingenuity serves you well in your field of work, it should be applied to your financial practices as well.

3. Not Getting Insurance

Company-given health insurance is another thing that you forget when you work as a freelancer. Totally up more profit, some freelancers willingly refrain from buying health insurance for themselves, thinking of it as just another cost that can be cut.

However, for a freelancer, a serious health issue can be financially disastrous. Preventing you from working, it can engulf a significant amount of money and cause you to lose important clients. As you cannot simply take time off from your work, not having health insurance can end up setting you back for more money than it would cost to simply pay each month for it.

4. Wrongly Doing Your Taxes

As a freelancer, your income is not fixed, making reporting and estimating your taxes on a quarterly basis a complicated business. Immediate costs, like electricity, gas or the internet bills can seem more important than setting aside money for the IRS.

However, this can be treated as another problem of fiscal responsibility. Not paying your taxes can entail even more penalties and back taxes which add up. As taxes can be particularly stressful for freelancers, you must find the strength within yourself to pull through each hardship. Standing on your own two feet and due to your own labor is a matter of pride, and you should always treat it as such.

As quarterly taxes must be paid by April 15th, June 15th, September 15th and January 15th each year, one of the simplest ways of keeping track of your taxes is to note them down well ahead of time. By marking down the June 15th deadline on your calendar, for example, you will be able to remember and save money in time to make the payment.

5. Not Risking a Little

If so far you haven’t fall in the trap of the above-mentioned financial mistakes and have been financially responsible through and through, this last point is meant to remind you of the reason why you became a freelancer. Beyond the daily bonuses of organizing your own schedule and work, the essential upside of being your own boss is that you get to decide the path of your business.

As such, going down a riskier track that would give a higher reward is a choice that only you can make. After setting up a few safety nets like an emergency fund and managing to make steady payments to your retirement fund, a risky business move like putting your reputation on the line and going after a high-paying client may, in fact, be the financially advisable.

By avoiding these five financial mistakes that every freelancer makes, your activity will be profitable, safe and financially sound. Coupling fiscal responsibility with a knack for risky businesses, working as a freelancer will not only be enjoyable for you, but it will also ensure a high standard of life.

Are you a freelancer? What financial mistakes do you have to add in this list from your experience? Let us know in the comments below.

About the author:

Starting from a young age, Sean has had a passion for self-development and a healthy, positive lifestyle. Even if some obstacles came along the way, he managed to get past them with a good sense of humor and a strong mentality. Amongst other things, he is now a Content Editor for CalendarTable.com.

Do you want to be more productive? In this article you will find out what highly productive people do differently and enjoy life to the fullest.

No matter what numerous roles you have in life, and what your profession is, the daunting task of becoming more productive usually inspires images of the Shiva goddess with her four hands, because how else would you manage to do more in the same amount of time, when you are undoubtedly already doing your best?

However, there are mere mortals around you who seem to get everything done in a fraction of the time it takes you, with a rich social life and a soaring career. Let’s take a look at some of the traits they share and that you can start nurturing in your own mindset in order to become more productive and enjoy your life to the fullest!

1. Take the reins of your life

Instead of leaving your decision to others and allowing everybody else to guide you, be your own Northern Star, and your key decision-maker. It all starts with having enough faith in yourself to make all those calls and acknowledge the power you have over your own life journey.

2. Stop the unhealthy comparison

Highly successful and productive people only overcome their own limitations and aim to become better in comparison to their previous actions and beliefs, and not to others and their achievements. By comparing you with you, there’s a greater likelihood of progress and you will be able to build high self-esteem and grow your confidence.

3. Start goal-setting and problem-solving

An important skill is your ability to set short, mid and long-term goals, decide on milestones, measuring your progress and focus on ways to overcome obstacles and find solutions to problems. This is one of the key qualities of people who take action, enjoy challenges and perceive every problem as an opportunity to grow and advance.

4. Practice visualization and meditation

By incorporating meditation and visualization into your daily life, you will be able to tap into cognitive and emotional abilities you never knew existed. You will increase your focus, emotional stability, and mental acuity, among many other important abilities, while visualizing your goals will guide you towards them, empowered by positive thoughts.

Just like the awareness of the big picture is an important perspective to have in life, it’s equally essential to be able to anchor yourself into the present moment, clear your mind, and let go of negative thought patterns.

5. Stay realistic

Having faith in yourself is one thing, but getting carried away and losing your head in the clouds over a possibility is completely another. Highly productive people know how to stay firmly on the ground while keeping their confidence and self-esteem intact.

Staying realistic means that even the negative events in your life have meaning, and you know how to use them to advance, without losing your enthusiasm for achieving your goals.

6. Be an early bird

Not only is it important to start your day early, but also to have a healthy sleeping pattern, from going to bed at a reasonable hour, to rising after eight hours of quality sleep. Productive people know how to balance their daily responsibilities without resorting to late-night work or study sessions.

Sleep deprivation is a major cause of cognitive dysfunction, immune system problems, among many other issues, so it’s essential to sleep well in order to stay sharp.

7. Be health-conscious

A healthy life is based on numerous healthy habits, such as rising early, balanced nutrition, physical activity and stress-reducing techniques. Little things such as starting your morning with a freshly squeezed lemon in lukewarm water, packed and ready fitness clothes for your workout, a prepared meal and a bottle of water will help you build a healthy routine.

Taking care of your health should not be a chore, but a foundation of a healthy lifestyle which is an important segment that promotes your productivity and fulfillment.

8. Surround yourself with inspiration

If you take control of your life and spend time immersed in positive meditation, you are bound to attract like-minded people and things that will inspire you to advance in life. Steer clear of those who deplete your energy levels and surround yourself with those who support you and share a similar mindset.

9. Always learn

Once you start perceiving everything as a lesson as opposed to a failure or success, you will be able to move forward at a quicker pace, viewing everything as a learning opportunity. Learning by doing and not being afraid of uncharted territories will help you leave your comfort zone, which is where the most important lessons are learned.

How can you turn problems into opportunities?

There is a known saying that says “We can’t choose the crises, but we can choose how to deal with them.” Finally, the way we deal with crises in life will determine if they are a great opportunity or a great condemnation, a great gift or a great punishment.

Let’s look at four steps, with which we can turn problems into opportunities, punishments in gifts, hardships in blessings.

1. Resist External Voices

Some of the largest and most successful personalities we know have repeatedly confessed that their road was full of thorns. They encountered rejections, obstacles, belittlement… and yet they turned their difficulties and problems into opportunities.

– Albert Einstein started talking when he was 4 years old. His teachers and parents thought he had a problem. He expelled from school and later failed the exams to enter the Swiss Polytechnic Institute in Zurich.
– Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper because “he was not having the imagination or good ideas.”
– The Alchemist of Paulo Coelho has sold only 800 copies in the first edition and the publisher decided to withdraw it. Today is the fifth best-selling book of all times with 65 million copies.
– The modeling agents of Marilyn Monroe thought that she had to follow a career as a secretary.
– Beethoven’s teachers thought that he was not susceptible to the violin and that he could never make it as a composer.
– Mahatma Gandhi was afraid to speak in public and during his first case as a lawyer, he left the courtroom.
– The teacher of Elvis Presley in high school told him that he could not sing.
– Michael Jordan was dismissed from the basketball team of the school.
– The novel of J.K. Rowling’s, “Harry Potter”, was rejected by 12 publishers.
– The actor Sidney Poitier was told, during a hearing, to “stop spending the time of people and become scullion or something.” Later in his career won Oscar and became one of the most respected actors.
– Vincent Van Gogh at the beginning only sold one painting for 400 pennies. That didn’t stop him from completing 900 projects, which today are worth millions.
– Thomas Edison’s teachers said he was “too stupid to learn anything.” Eventually, he was he who built the electric lamp.

The common element of all these people is that they didn’t give up at the first rejection nor the second nor the third… Discard the fear of rejection and try again. What people say to you is their own truth, not your own.

2. Take responsibility for Your Problems

Things do not happen to you but happen FOR you. Things do not happen by luck but through your effort, you succeed! This is a very difficult but important perspective, that if you keep it, you inevitably will lead to a question: “Why is this happening to me?” And the answer can be no other than one which regards yourself alone. What choice, belief or attitude of your past brings you face to face with the present difficulties?

When you take responsibility for your problems, you authorize yourself to find the solution. As long as you refuse to adopt this attitude, so will you meet, always, problems, difficulties, and hardships, which would authorize others to redeem you -and of course this will never happen. Your problem, your solution!

3. Do Not Stop Moving

The worst thing you can do when you are confronted with difficulties is to be paralyzed by fear and fall into inertia. Unfortunately, this is a trap that many people fall when encountering major problems. However limited you think your potential are, you shouldn’t stop trying for new solutions, asking for help, “downloading” ideas and trying to apply them. If you have followed the first two steps, the more likely you will find a solution.

4. Adapt

Finally, if you have done everything and the situation does not change or is out of your control, then remains the last and perhaps most important step, adaptation. Charles Darwin said: “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, but the ones most adaptable to change.” And it is a great truth. Moreover, what we are today is due to the resilience of millions of species before us. So this is the most guaranteed recipe billion years.

If you can’t change the situation, change yourself. Maintain your principles, but change the way you see things. The greatest nonsense we do is that we stick to an old way of perceiving things, which doesn’t serve us anymore.

And of course, one should not be surrender without a fight, but when you feel that you did everything you could to change the situation, then… Just let go. Hermann Hesse said, “No permanence is ours; we are a wave that flows to fit whatever form it finds.” As soon as you decide that you can’t wait for the situation to change and decide to adapt, you will feel a deep relief on the depth of your being.

So, do not let others limit your dreams and goals, take responsibility for the problems and their solutions and try to apply many different solutions. If the situation does not change, then change yourself. This is the “recipe” to turn problems into opportunities!

This article originally appeared at enallaktikidrasi.com. It translated by Visual Meditation.

Procrastination is one of our worst enemies and it can hold us back when it comes to our tasks and goals.

“I have a thousand things to do today, but I cannot seem to get started. I guess I shall do nothing because nothing makes me feel less overwhelmed. After all, tomorrow, I can get started. Yeah, that’s a good idea, tomorrow, I can make a fresh beginning of things, bright and early when I have loads of energy. I’m tired. I think I will take a nap.”

-Me, yesterday

You ever said these things before? I bet you have. In fact, I believe most of us have said similar things when we really didn’t feel like finishing a task, or a couple tasks. Procrastination, it seems, can be one of our worst enemies, if we let it. It can fill us with a false sense of logic that is as toxic as it is lazy.

How do we justify procrastination?

There are many ways we make excuses for procrastinating. For instance, this debilitating state is often seen as a normal feeling or activity. Here are ways we paint positive pictures of the procrastination disease:

  • Procrastination becomes our friend when we feel things only work in perfection. If we don’t have the right office space, the right equipment or the right amount of time, then there is no reason to start the project, right?
  • We are frightened. If we are scared, we simply make up reasons not to approach a daunting situation. Since we are afraid, procrastination is our hero, and it helps us move through the day unscathed.
  • Using procrastination by convincing yourself that more important things should be done is productive avoidance. Maybe the laundry isn’t done or you haven’t rearranged that room like you’ve been meaning to do. Whatever the reason, the most important job seems to be pushed to the background by trivial things. I know, it doesn’t make sense, but I believe we’ve all been guilty at some point.

Okay, now you know why you do this. The point is, however, to find a way to stop. The objective is to beat procrastination, to not make excuses for this monster!

Here are some ways you can do that, so don’t make any more excuses:

1. Most important first

Keep in mind that important tasks have deadlines. You don’t always have to work until the last minute. In fact, this is frowned upon. The best way to get the job done is to jump right in, hash it out and then clean it up, cutting away what you don’t need and keeping what’s important to the task at hand.

2. Rewards

Offer a reward for each time you finish a task. For instance, tell yourself that you can eat a large dessert or yummy treat when you are done. Use rewards that are proportionate to the task so that it makes sense for you. The nicer the reward, the more you will want to finish the work. Also, make sure you are going to do quality work only, or else refuse to reward yourself. This is only fair, to you and to your clients, family etc.

3. Step by step

If it helps, break the task down into segments. Do a bit of work, take a walk, do a little more and take a nap -as long as you continue at a normal pace, it’s fine. Doing small bits at a time is better than never getting started. It’s the compromising with self that makes this work.

4. Environment adjustment

One reason why we procrastinate is because of the distractions -a pet may want to go out, a child may be hungry and even social sites may call us to waste time. The best way to eliminate hindrances is to change the environment. First off, designate a room for an office, regulate hours, set boundaries and then, STAY OFF FACEBOOK! Sometimes it’s best to remove social sites from your favorites so you won’t be tempted to have a look.

5. Calendars, planners, and lists

Another way to stay on track and avoid the procrastination demon is to take advantage of calendars, planners, and lists. If you document your deadlines and meetings, you won’t forget and you will stay motivated. Make sure you keep dates, hours and locations, including networking sites and email addresses. Don’t forget to keep your favorites updated as well.

6. Be inspired

Also, a great way to stop procrastination is to be inspired by other people, especially successful individuals. Read newsletters and blog posts which share ways to be more productive. Make friends with those who are successful in your line of work. If you continue to be inspired, you will always want to make improvements, which includes eliminating procrastination.

So, before you make excuses, ask yourself one question. “Will I say the same thing tomorrow?”

If you said it today, you will say it again, and again…and again. Stop the pattern of failure and procrastination by utilizing your productive tools. Share with a friend and help others be more productive as well. Together we will make beautiful progress!

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Do you find yourself procrastinating all the time?

Putting things off sometimes seems like a good thing. But when we procrastinate, we spend our free time on doing meaningless things and put off important tasks we should be doing; and then we say “oh no, now I have to do so many things!” This many times causes anxiety and panic, and we run to do all tasks together.

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