7 Bad Habits That Are Blocking Your Full Potential

We’re firm believers that you should always strive to be the best version of yourself. This means living healthy — both body and mind — and knowing that wherever your life and career takes you, you can find success and fulfillment. Isn’t that what we all want out of life? But while you’re on your journey to unlock your full potential, make sure these bad habits don’t get in the way.

1. Making excuses.

I’ll do it tomorrow. I’m not good at it. I don’t have time. These kinds of excuses are the worst! You can’t grow as a person if you’re always taking the easy way out. Realize that it’s on you to commit to positive changes, so find ways to make them work rather than settling for an excuse.


2. Being a perfectionist.

While a hard work ethic is always appreciated, keep in mind that a fear of failure could hold you back, too. Sometimes you just need to remind yourself that there’s always time for improvement. You’re a work in progress, so allow yourself room to learn and grow rather than feeling discouraged by what you think isn’t yet perfect.



3. Always putting others first. 

There’s a lot of good that comes with being a people-pleaser, but can it go too far? Absolutely. Making yourself more of a priority doesn’t mean you’ll let down everyone else around you. It just means remembering that you have needs, too.


4. Neglecting self-care. 

Do you ever hear the saying, “If you get tired, learn to rest, not quit?” That couldn’t be more true. Self-care is so necessary for staying on your A-game (Do you really think someone who’s overworked and burnt out feels fulfilled?). Plus, having some downtime for yourself is one of the best times to discover your true passions and goals.


5. Playing the victim.

Let’s say you applied for your dream internship, but didn’t even land an interview because you don’t have enough experience. You might be thinking something like, “That’s ridiculous! I’m still in college, so where is this experience supposed to come from? How am I supposed to get more job experience if they’re not giving me a chance?” 

Is the world out to get you? No. Do you always get the short end of the stick? No. Things won’t always go your way — That’s just life. The most fulfilled people find the opportunities hidden in each challenge, rather than settling for a victim mindset.


6. Doing the bare minimum.

Anyone can do what’s expected of them, but the people who really stand out are the ones that go above and beyond. Let’s say you did land that dream internship. You can complete the tasks that were dropped off at your desk and then call it a day, or you can seek more opportunities to improve your skills and gain experience. The choice is yours.


7. Always relying on opinions from others. 

Unlocking your full potential means having confidence in yourself and your goals. Getting second opinions on your decisions is great sometimes, but take note of how often you do it. A little bit of self-confidence goes a long way.

Do you have any ideas that we didn’t list? Share them in the comments below.


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  1. Karina Hopper says:

    You don’t need to be a victim, but take someone pain, doesn’t mean, that don’t 👍like it.

    K, C, H.

  2. Ljb says:

    This is great! I’ll be sure my students read it! Thank you for posting.

  3. erica guillory says:

    Love it!

  4. Meri Sherson says:

    Very good article

  5. Jean Doty says:

    A good thing to mention would be to mind who you associate with. I am an older student, but looking back a few decades, I realize that some of my friends were not the best people to have been around so much. It doesn’t mean you don’t care about them, but it is best to associate with positive people who are encouraging you, not those who are going in the wrong direction and/or are miserable. Stick with the winners, and limit your time with negative people.

    • Stacey C. says:

      Wow! That is very true!!! I am dealing with this type of behavior now; I am amazed at the envy of the people at the start were your cheerleaders and now their nose is turned up because you are advancing yourself. I too am older and I am working hard to distance myself from this because if I don’t; I will be my own worst enemy. Thank you for posting your thoughts, it was inspirational for me.

      • Jean Doty says:

        I am glad I was able to inspire you. Keep up the hard work and try your best to avoid the people who don’t have your best interest at heart. I know it is very hard, but believe in yourself and you will turn out fine.

  6. Mary says:

    I found my self in each habit. That is so sad. I dont know how to help my self.

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