If you really want to become the best version of yourself, ditch these 9 habits

There’s a massive gap between who you are and who you could be.

This gap is often filled with habits – some good, others not so much.

The not-so-good ones are sneaky. They creep into our daily lives, often going unnoticed while silently sabotaging our efforts to improve and grow.

If you’re serious about becoming the best version of yourself, it’s time to kick these habits to the curb.

Let’s delve into nine habits you might need to ditch. It may sting a little, but trust me, your future self will thank you for it.

1) Procrastination

Let’s kick things off with a classic, shall we?

I’m talking about procrastination – the arch-nemesis of productivity and personal growth. It’s a sneaky habit that creeps up on you, whispering sweet excuses in your ear.

You know the drill. You have something important to do, but instead, you end up binge-watching Netflix or scrolling through social media.

The problem is procrastination doesn’t just delay your tasks; it derails your path towards becoming the best version of yourself.

Why? Because every time you postpone something that matters, you’re sending a message to yourself that it’s okay not to follow through on your commitments. And that’s a dangerous precedent to set.

If you’re serious about personal growth, it’s time to say goodbye to procrastination. It won’t be easy, but hey, nothing worth having ever is.

2) Negative Self-talk

Here’s a personal confession: I used to be my own worst critic.

It was a habit I’d picked up somewhere along the way. Every time I stumbled or made a mistake, there was this little voice in my head telling me that I wasn’t good enough, or smart enough, or just “enough” in general.

I didn’t realize it at the time, but this negative self-talk was holding me back. It was like trying to climb a mountain with a backpack full of rocks – unnecessary and exhausting.

Once I noticed this habit, I made a conscious effort to change it. I started replacing those negative thoughts with positive affirmations. Every time the voice said, “you can’t,” I’d respond with, “watch me.”

Ditching this habit wasn’t easy, and it didn’t happen overnight. But over time, the voice got quieter, and my confidence got stronger.

If you catch yourself indulging in negative self-talk, remember: you are your words. Speak kindly to yourself because you’re listening.

3) Multitasking

We live in a fast-paced world where juggling multiple tasks at once is often seen as a badge of honor. But here’s the kicker – our brains aren’t designed to handle multiple tasks simultaneously.

When you’re multitasking, what you’re really doing is switching quickly between tasks. And each time you switch, there’s a cognitive cost. It takes your brain time to reorient to the new task, leading to errors and taking longer overall.

So while it might feel like you’re getting more done, you’re actually being less efficient and effective.

Embracing single-tasking can be a game-changer. By focusing on one task at a time, not only do you increase your productivity, but you also reduce stress levels. So next time you’re tempted to multitask, remember: less is more.

4) Fear of Failure

Ever heard of the saying “if you never try, you’ll never know”? It’s a simple truth, but one that often gets overshadowed by our fear of failure.

Fear of failure can be paralyzing. It stops us from taking risks, pushing our boundaries, and ultimately, from growing. It convinces us to play it safe, to stick to what we know, and to avoid any potential disappointment.

But here’s the thing: failure is not the enemy. In fact, it’s often through our failures that we learn the most valuable lessons.

Instead of running away from failure, try embracing it. See it as an opportunity to learn, grow, and become a better version of yourself. It might be scary at first, but remember: the only real failure is not trying at all.

5) Living in the Past

We all have a past, complete with both beautiful memories and painful experiences. But dwelling too much on what has been can stop us from focusing on what can be.

Living in the past can become a comfort zone. It’s familiar, predictable, and doesn’t require us to face the unknown. But it also prevents us from moving forward and becoming the best version of ourselves.

The key is to learn from our past, not live in it. Use your experiences as stepping stones, not anchors. Remember, yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That’s why it’s called the present. Make the most of it.

6) Comparing Yourself to Others

In a world that’s constantly showcasing the best parts of everyone’s lives, it’s hard not to compare ourselves to others.

But here’s a heartfelt truth: comparison is the thief of joy. It makes us overlook our own achievements and strengths, focusing instead on what we think we lack.

Every person is on their own unique journey, with different starting points, pace, and paths. The only person you should be comparing yourself to is the person you were yesterday.

When you catch yourself falling into the comparison trap, gently remind yourself that your worth isn’t determined by how you stack up against others, but by how much you’ve grown and how far you’ve come. Keep looking forward, not sideways.

7) Constantly Seeking Approval

I remember a time when I was so caught up in seeking others’ approval that I lost sight of who I truly was. Every decision, every action was driven by what others might think or say.

It was exhausting and unfulfilling. It was like I was living someone else’s life, not mine.

The day I realized this, I made a decision to start living for myself – to make choices that align with my values and aspirations, not others’ expectations.

This shift wasn’t easy, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight. But it was liberating. It gave me the freedom to be authentically me.

If you find yourself constantly seeking approval from others, take a step back and ask yourself: Whose life are you living? Are you making choices based on what’s right for you or what you think others expect of you?

At the end of the day, it’s your life. Live it on your terms.

8) Avoiding Discomfort

Life is full of uncomfortable moments. It’s tempting to avoid them, to stay within our comfort zones where everything is familiar and safe.

But here’s the thing: growth happens outside of our comfort zones. It’s in the moments of discomfort that we’re pushed to adapt, to learn, and to grow.

Avoiding discomfort means avoiding opportunities for growth. It keeps us stuck in the same place, the same patterns, the same version of ourselves.

So next time you’re faced with an uncomfortable situation, don’t run away from it. Embrace it. See it as a chance to step out of your comfort zone and become a better version of yourself. Remember, discomfort is temporary, but regret can last a lifetime.

9) Neglecting Self-Care

This may be the last point, but it’s definitely not the least important. In fact, it’s crucial.

Neglecting self-care is a habit many of us fall into. We get so caught up in our busy lives, our responsibilities, and our goals that we forget to take care of ourselves.

But here’s the truth: you can’t pour from an empty cup. You can’t become the best version of yourself if you’re running on empty.

Self-care is not selfish. It’s necessary. It’s the foundation upon which all other growth is built.

Make self-care a priority. Take time for yourself. Rest, rejuvenate, and recharge. Because you are important, and you deserve to be taken care of too.

Final Reflection: It’s a journey

The path to becoming the best version of yourself is deeply intertwined with our habits. As Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”

Each habit we’ve discussed today – from procrastination to comparison, from seeking approval to avoiding discomfort – plays a significant role in shaping who we are and who we can become.

But remember, changing habits isn’t about quick fixes or overnight transformations. It’s a journey of self-discovery and growth. It requires patience, perseverance, and most importantly, self-compassion.

So as you reflect on these habits and consider their presence in your own life, remember that it’s okay to take one step at a time, it’s okay to stumble, and it’s okay to go at your own pace.

Because at the end of the day, becoming the best version of yourself is not a destination. It’s a lifelong journey. And every step you take towards ditching these habits is a step towards making that journey worthwhile.

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Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the editor of Ideapod and founder of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 6 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you to want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Twitter or Facebook.

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