Three Surefire Ways To Sabotage Your Success

You’ve made a decision to start a new business or make a new change in your life.

You start out with great excitement, motivation and a sense of determination.  But then you unwittingly implement one of these surefire ways to sabotage your own success.

1.  Become a Professional Student

Years ago, I knew a woman who was one of the team moms for the local Little League baseball.  Our sons played on the same team and I’d often chat with her at the games. She was extremely knowledgeable when it came to health foods, diets, and natural remedies–basically anything relating to good health and well-being.

The irony was that she was extremely overweight and one of the unhealthiest people I’d ever met.  Every week I saw her snack on candy, soda, cookies, hot dogs, etc. She was the classic example of someone who knows so much and puts none of it to use.

How many of us do this in our business as well?  I know I’ve been guilty.  In fact, it’s a tendency I have, to want to learn learn learn and then get overwhelmed because I don’t know where to start putting all this knowledge to use.

It’s very important to invest in yourself by getting training, going through courses, and reading good books to help you grow, but it’s also very important to pace yourself and not get into “Learn Only” mode. It will lead to overwhelm…and overwhelm leads to a total paralysis.

Overwhelm is caused by too much input and not enough output.

The remedy is to break it down, and when you learn a new tip or strategy, do it. And continue to practice it until you feel comfortable doing it.  At first it’ll be shaky, but the more you do it, the better you become.  Then build upon that, steadily adding to your skills.

2.  Give Yourself Lots Of Options

I go into this in the following video:

Do you see how giving ourselves options or having a fall-back plan can be a hindrance to your determination and stick-to-it-tiveness?

3. Find Fault With Everything and Everyone But You

As long as we point our fingers to an outside source for why we aren’t where we would like to be, nothing will change for us.  It’s easy to blame others, to blame our circumstances for our mistakes and failures.

When you play the blame game then it’s someone or something else’s fault that you’re not where you want to be; the problem is an outside source that you have no control over.

"As long as we blame and point our fingers to an outside source, nothing will change for us."

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Instead, when you take personal responsibility for your “condition”, you can then address it and change it.  There’s nothing more freeing than admitting your mistakes because then you can look in the mirror and know that the change begins with you.  Only you can make the decision to keep going the way you’re going or to say, “The change starts with me, and I’m taking personal responsibility.”

And those, my friends, are the three surefire ways to sabotage your success.

Did this help you? If so, I would really appreciate if you commented below and shared on social media.

All the best,


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Sandra Rodriguez

Homeschooling MOMPRENEUR sharing business tips for stay home (and want-to-be stay home) moms & dads as well as newbie marketers. I Love Jesus, my family, life, laughing, coffee and the occasional glass of wine. Come learn and hang out with me!

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Annalize - October 27, 2016 Reply

Yes, these are 3 classical ways to self sabotage your life and success!!!

    Sandra Rodriguez - October 27, 2016 Reply

    Hi Annalize, thanks for commenting. If we can recognize them, hopefully we can avoid doing these!

Roxann - November 7, 2016 Reply

Great tips you point out on sabotaging your success. Gotta take responsibility for your own actions!

    Sandra Rodriguez - November 7, 2016 Reply

    Amen to that, Roxann; Thanks for the comment!

Jeff Beeman - December 8, 2016 Reply

I would say I’m guilty of at least two out of three off and on through my marketing career! Thanks for keeping it real!

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