15 Things You Need To Give Up To Be Successful

admin August 16, 2023
Updated 2023/08/16 at 3:06 PM
Things You Need To Give Up To Be Successful

Would you love to know the 15 things you need to give up to be successful? This article is meant to enlighten you on them. So, here we go!

Becoming successful is one thing everyone wants to achieve. But, how we achieve that is something we would have to figure out.

Ever wondered why you are not reaching a peak in your life and business? Read on!

Everyone wants to be successful but not everyone wants to do what it takes to be. There are a lot of things that hinder us from achieving success. It could be very bad habits, beliefs, or character.

Most times we think that achieving success is what we are not yet doing, or what we need to add to our lives. But, we never think that it could be what we are already doing that has to be stopped or what we need to remove from our lives completely.

Success is not always about adding more things, it could be removal; giving up things in our lives.

To be successful in life there are things we need to give up first; things that prevent us from becoming successful.

We would find out these things in this post. Read on!

What Do You Need To Give Up To Be Successful?

Give Up On Unhealthy Lifestyles

To be successful, you need to maintain a healthy life; body, and mind.

Unhealthy lifestyles could be a poor diet, lack of exercise, or any physical activity, toxic consumption…among others. To achieve anything in life, you have to first take care of your health. There is even a popular saying that ‘health is wealth’.

All you have to do is start consuming a healthy diet and engage in physical activities. You should also avoid consuming toxic substances like hard drugs.

When you are healthy you become more productive. And becoming more productive increases your success rate by about 80 percent.

Give Up The Short-Term Mindset

According to Mae West, ‘you only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough’.

Setting a short-term goal can hinder your success. Successful people know this, the reason why they always set long-term goals. These goals appear to be part of them and are seen as short-term habits that they need to do every day. Habits that they make a part of them, not just something they do.

Create a long-term mindset and see yourself moving up that success ladder.

Give Up Playing Small

Why play small? So that people around you don’t feel insecure?

No, no dear! Remove such mindset and never have such thought and mindset. Why? Because we are all meant to shine. Our light should shine regardless of whom it blinds. Never dim your light. Liberate yourself from your fears. Don’t try to shrink yourself, let it all out. Grab that great opportunity. Allow your dreams to become a reality. Unleash your true potentials, make your ideas known.

Lastly, don’t be afraid of failure, and ultimately, don’t be afraid of success.

Give Up Making Excuses

We are always fond of making excuses for things we couldn’t do or can’t do. If you want to be successful, quit making excuses!

Randy Pausch once wrote; ‘It is not about the cards you are dealt, but how you play the card’. Successful people take responsibility for their lives regardless of their weaknesses, starting point, or past failures.

Taking responsibility and owning your life is the only way you can be successful. The reason being that excuses limits and hinders our personal and professional growth.

If you don’t own your life, who will?

Give Up Trying To Be Perfect/Your Perfectionism

Nothing and no one will ever be perfect, no matter how hard we try.

Many a time, we allow the fear of failure prevents us from taking actions towards success. We lose a lot of opportunities whilst waiting for everything to be ‘just right’.

Perfectionism makes us think we can avoid failure. Instead of trying to be perfect, channel your energy into giving your best. Progress supersede perfection.

Give Up Multi-Tasking

You can never reach your destination if you stop every second of the way.

Successful people choose one thing and then give it their best of time and resources.

Be completely present and committed to a particular task instead of trying to juggle a bunch of them.

Give Up The Need To Control Everything

It is okay to be in control of certain things but not everything. Epictetus, a Stoic philosopher wrote; ‘Some things are up to us, and some things are not up to us’.

What does this mean? This implies that you should focus on things you can control and forfeit those you can’t.

Give Up Distinguishing Between Your Work And Private Life

You should know that all aspects of your life are interconnected and works simultaneously. Many of us think that our private life doesn’t have any impact on our business or work success.

If your private and personal life is in shackles, it tends to hinder your success and growth in business too.

Being successful encompasses all areas of our lives. Therefore, be proactive and make all aspects of your life successful.

Give Up The Reluctance To Ask For Help

No man has it all figured out. Every successful man or woman out there sought help at one point in their success journey.

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness! Therefore, be bold enough to admit you don’t know everything.

In my opinion, I would say, asking for help is even an act of strength. Because it depicts intelligence, honesty, and humility.

Rona Barrett even said; ‘The strong individual is the one who asks for help when he needs it’. Get rid of that reluctance!

Give Up Your Need To Be Liked/ Approved By Others

You can never be liked or approved by everybody no matter how good you are or what you do. This is normal, therefore you need not justify yourself.

All you have to do is to keep doing the right thing. Improve and provide value daily.

There is a popular saying that; ‘if you are not hated by people at all, then you are not doing something important’.

Give Up Fixing Your Weaknesses

To achieve the success you need to know your weaknesses. Then embrace and manage them. You don’t need to be well-rounded.

Trying to fix your weaknesses is just another method of trying to play safe; wanting to play not to lose instead of playing to win.

Instead of focusing on fixing your weaknesses, try focusing on capitalizing on your strengths.

Give Up Your Dependency On Television And Social Media

Do you think you have ample time? Whiling it away in front of a television or on social media platforms?

Impulsive and excessive web browsing and television watching can be an obstruction to your success journey. This is why it is advised that you minimize your dependence on them except your goals depend on either.

Focus your time on things that can enrich and make your life a success.

Give Up Your Resistance To ‘What Is’

You can’t change the moment or what is happening right now. Learn to accept the present moment, your current emotions, and thoughts instead of wasting your time and energy complaining, being annoyed, or disappointed. Why resist something that can’t be changed?

Accepting does not mean approving. It doesn’t mean you can’t take action to change a bad situation. What it means is that you should say yes to life. Yes to however it presents itself and then you move forward.

Give up your resistance, say yes to what is happening at the moment and how you feel. When you do this, life will get easier. Life will work for you, not against you.

Give Up Toxic People/ Association

It is said that everyone is the average of the five people they spend the most time with’.

The people you spend the most time with influence who you become. If you associate yourself with individuals who are above you in the success path, you become like them; you achieve success like them.

On the other hand, if you spend more time with people who are behind you, your success rate would decrease. Now, take a look at the friends you keep and associate with. Do you need to make changes?

Give Up Trying To Be Too Clever

Be innovative, be different out of the quest to make things better, and not for the sake of being different. Don’t be reluctant in taking good advice and making use of proven methods.

Don’t try to be clever for the sole purpose of gaining approval from people or enhancing your self-worth. Instead, act out of the desire for service and improvement.

Give up these things listed above and see yourself doing better in your business and all aspects of your life. And most importantly achieving great success.


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