It’s not easy being a man. So much is expected of you. You’re supposed to have all the answers, be in control, and have your life together at all times.
And while we don’t think that’s necessarily fair, we do know that there are some habits you could quit to make your life more successful and enjoyable. Read on for our list of seven habits men should quit to be more successful.
We all have habits. Some of them are good habits and some of them are bad habits. Bad habits are what are stopping you from being a successful man. If you want to be really successful and happy, you have to identify the bad habits that are holding you back and quit them.
You might be being held back because of a few habits that you can easily quit. While on the journey to making your life better, always remember that it needs effort, determination, and patience to drop a habit. Studies show that it takes 21-28 days to form a new habit, but breaking a bad one may take more time. However, if you are committed, it may be easier than you think.
Success means different things to different people. But regardless of what being a success means to you, there are certain habits that will help you get there faster and easier than ever before. And then there are other habits that will keep you from getting where you want to go. We will help you identify the habits that could be holding you back from achieving success.
Here are the top 7 bad habits you need to quit if you want to be successful.
1. Quit thinking you’re supposed to know everything
This mentality is not only impossible, it’s also extremely detrimental. The truth is that no one knows everything. You will never run out of things to learn, and that is a beautiful thing. Being open to the fact that you don’t know everything will enable you to be open to learning new things and discovering new ideas. If you let go of the need to know everything, you will find yourself feeling less stressed and more capable of retaining new information. This shift in mindset will allow you to gain confidence and realize your capabilities as a man and as a learner.
2. Quit comparing yourself to other people
You are not them and they are not you. It is not healthy or beneficial for anyone if you constantly compare yourself to others based on what they have or what they look like. This way of thinking is toxic and will only bring negativity into your life. Instead, focus on what makes you unique and different from the other 7 billion people in this world, and embrace it! When we compare ourselves to others, all we see are our flaws; but when we appreciate our own qualities, we begin to love ourselves for who we truly are.
3. Skipping Breakfast
“I’ll just have a coffee.” “I’m not hungry.” “I’m trying to lose weight.” Whatever your excuse, if you skip breakfast, you’re setting yourself up for failure.
Eating breakfast is important, especially for men. A study from the University of Bath found that males who didn’t eat breakfast had lower levels of the hunger-regulating hormone, leptin, which can lead to overeating later on. On top of that, eating breakfast helps keep your metabolism revved up. It’s what all those weight-loss infomercials are talking about when they say “boost your metabolism”.
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4. Quit being afraid to fail
If you never take any risks, how do you expect to achieve anything? By refusing to fail, you are also refusing to succeed. Failure isn’t easy, but it is necessary; it’s a part of life. Once you understand that failure is inevitable and that it isn’t the end of the world, you will realize that taking risks becomes much easier. In fact, when we look at our failures as opportunities for growth and learning experiences, we actually start to welcome them.
5. Quit being lazy
You can’t be successful if you’re lazy. Period. It’s as simple as that. Successful people work hard, and they don’t make excuses. If you want to be successful, you need to start getting things done today. Stop procrastinating and start now.
6. Quit being negative
If you want to achieve anything worthwhile in life, you need to believe that it’s possible. You’ll never get there thinking it’s impossible or that you can’t do it because then you won’t even try. On the other hand, if you think “I can do this!” then chances are good that you actually will get there.
7. Quit wasting time
Successful people accomplish a lot of things because they are constantly busy doing something meaningful, not because they sit around doing nothing all day long. Every minute of your life is a precious commodity that should be used for doing something useful–not wasted away doing nothing important or spending time on unimportant things like watching TV or surfing the internet for no reason at all except boredom, or worse. Always look for ways to spend your time more wisely and productively, and you will eventually become very successful as a result of your efforts and hard work.
The first step to changing any behavior is to become conscious of it. Make a list of your bad habits and write down the cost of each one. Then make a plan to fix them, and put the plan in writing on paper or on your phone. Once you become aware of a bad habit, it’s easier to see when it happens and to catch yourself when you’re doing it. Now that you’re aware of some common bad habits, get ready to break them.