“Plan your goals carefully and deliberately, not in haste. It’s in the Bible, Proverbs 21:5, NIV. “The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty.”
A lot of people stay unsuccessful or have alternating experiences with success and failure, simply because they do not know that they have many bad traits. Bad traits pertain to habits and personal characteristics that ultimately lead to failure. Some of the things you’ve been so used to doing for several years may be the main reason why you struggle much.
The Basic Bad Habits
Laziness is one of the negative habits that a loser has. The worse thing is, lazy people usually do not want to get rid of the problem. If you want to achieve your goals, you need to understand the value of hard work and perseverance. Some of the greatest people in the world are known to work way more than those who did not leave a mark. The greats work longer hours, sleep less, eat less, wake up earlier and suffer more than anybody else. It takes sacrifice to reach your goals. The most important thing to know is that everything you have ever wanted is just outside your comfort zone.
Another bad habit that people have dealt with for several years is fear. They fear things and events without even trying. Some people are even afraid of success subconsciously in a way that they refuse any opportunity that can make them great. Some people do not realize that they just do not or cannot handle the bigger responsibilities that achieved goals come with. You should understand that once you reach a certain goal, it can mean that the bar has just been raised for you to accomplish more.
Personal Bad Traits
Selfishness is a bad trait that you need to get rid of to achieve your goals. There are individuals who do not want to get help from others because they do not want to share their expected success. What’s sad is that most of them do not actually reach their goals. There are so much joy and celebration for every success that can be shared between several individuals. There is even so much money in the world for everyone to stay rich. Even if you may be better off doing some things yourself, still you cannot do everything.
Pessimism is a trait of losers. Losers always find a reason to lose, even if the situation or opportunity is already presenting itself. In most cases, pessimism is tied up to fear. Seeing things in a negative light will have a bad result, most of the time. If you start your day negatively, everything else will already seem bad, so you will focus more on the little things that do not matter and let them bother you, instead of keeping your mind on your goals.
The first step to treating bad habits to achieve your goals is to look at yourself as a confident, capable and strong individual. You are responsible for whatever happens in your life. Although problems are bound to happen, you know that you always have the ability to stay successful in life as you choose. Minor setbacks are supposed to be a means for you to become better and stronger.
Write a list down indicating all your weaknesses and bad traits. Next, put the opposite trait for each. The opposite traits are now your new characteristics to be adopted. Start practicing one good trait per week or month, then add another one for consistency. Over time, you will realize that success follows you because of your positive aura. Remember God calls us to turn to him when we are weak. When our defenses are down, and we long to give in, he waits for us to call to him. He reminds us that his power is perfected in us when we admit our weaknesses (2 Corinthians 12:10). God enjoys giving wisdom to those who ask (James 1:5). We are to turn our eyes to him in our weakest moments and seek his deliverance.
Points to Ponder:
Nothing breaks a habit like becoming so sick of it that there seems to be no choice but to give it up. This is often how God works in our lives. We get sick of feeling sick from too much sugar. Our minds grow weary of chasing after the newest trends in fashion, entertainment, and home remodeling. The apostle Paul was clearly sick of his sin when he penned these words to the Roman church: “I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing” (Romans 7:19). When we can readily admit that our sinful flesh makes us miserable, we are ready to agree with God and try to give up the habit. We can begin by praying that we’ll be too sick of the behavior to continue in it.