9 things unsuccessful people do every day (without even realizing it) 

I know that I could improve my timeliness, but I was kind of stunned when my friends mentioned that my procrastination was getting in the way of my achievements. 

If someone told you that you were unsuccessful, it would be a hard pill to swallow, but it’s not the end of the world. It’s all about changing your mindset, and that means changing those bad habits. 

So, where do you start? 

You can start by identifying the 9 things unsuccessful people do every day (without even realizing it). 

If you recognize any of these signs, take charge of your life, and don’t let bad habits or fear get in the way of reaching your dreams. 

1) They procrastinate

“I’ll do it later,” or “I’ll leave it for tomorrow.” 

Is this you? 

I wouldn’t consider myself an underachiever, but there are times when procrastination is my middle name!  

I would be lying if I said that I thought I could do better if I left something for tomorrow, but the truth is that I didn’t have a sense of urgency to get things done. 

And it’s definitely not a behavior that you’ll find in someone who considers themselves successful

If you’re always putting things off, they will start accumulating, and you’ll get to a point where you feel anxious and overwhelmed. 

Ask yourself the question… 

Am I delaying this task because I can do a better job tomorrow, or am I just being lazy

Successful people don’t procrastinate because it gets them absolutely nowhere. 

2) They fail to learn

When you’re open to learning from other people, it shows because you feel positive and appreciative of others. It’s a sign of humility. 

I find every opportunity to improve my knowledge, whether picking up a self-help book or listening to the opinions of others. It doesn’t mean that I agree with everything, but I’ve definitely got an open mindset, which helps me interact with people I meet all the time. 

Someone who refuses to learn and adopts a “know-it-all” attitude is setting themselves up for failure. 

The truth is that we are presented with opportunities to learn every single day, whether it’s learning to control your anger while driving in traffic or sticking to a schedule! 

I read a quote from Colin Powell about success, which I found quite meaningful. It said that there isn’t a secret to success, but rather that hard work and the ability to learn from failure can help you become a successful person. 

You might not even realize that you aren’t open to advice or admitting when you’re wrong. 

Just remember that it’s never too late to learn and to work towards your success. 

3) They have a negative attitude

Honestly, many of us adopt a negative attitude when things go wrong. 

We feel like the world is on our shoulders and that life is just unfair. 

The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people don’t become stuck in a negative mindset. They can let go, move on, and don’t have a disgruntled attitude like the world owes them something. 

If we remain negative, we can’t show our gratitude, and this is an important part of our growth and life’s purpose

Success is not a path that is paved alone. 

There are people who help you, and it’s important to acknowledge them. 

Another thing is that nobody wants to be in the company of someone who complains all the time. 

Unsuccessful people might not be aware of their approach, but constantly moaning about trivial things like the weather or failing to show appreciation to people who help them creates a bad impression. 

4) They talk more than they act

I distinctly remember a coworker who would talk for hours about these extravagant plans they had to revamp their house and travel across the country, but it never actually happened. 

I call them “big talkers.” 

From boastful conversations to social media posts, the big talker will be thinking of or starting something like a new business but never actually execute their plans. 

It becomes a habit, and it’s counterproductive. 

You’ll hear about their ideas, and they’ll be pretty convincing about what they want to do, but it doesn’t come to fruition. Others will say that they’ve practically done everything or that they’ve done it better than someone else in an effort to be accepted. 

For example, if you were thinking about running a local marathon, you wouldn’t just talk about it. You would do the work to get fit, and that takes time. 

For those who are considered successful, there’s always a plan or steps to work toward a goal. They’re not boastful, and they certainly don’t just say things for approval. 

5) They’re highly judgmental

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We judge whether things are safe or not or whether people can be trusted. 

The problem is that when we’re highly critical of others and of ourselves, it starts hindering our progress

People who lack success in life will judge others’ opinions quite harshly, even if they’ve asked for it. If they don’t consider what was said acceptable or don’t like what they hear, they’ll dismiss it. 

A dismissive attitude means that you can’t handle feedback

If you’re constantly judging what other people say or think, how can you focus on building your confidence and working toward your goals? 

A fear of criticism can affect your daily interactions with other people, making you more sensitive or defensive. 

6) They resist change

Why do people resist change

Because of fear. 

When you’re afraid to take risks, you miss out on so many opportunities that come your way. We’re all creatures of habit, but at some point, you have to say to yourself something’s got to give. 

Life is all about adapting to change because it means that we’re learning and growing as we go along. 

And I know nobody likes change. 

It makes you uneasy, especially when you feel comfortable where you’re at. But sometimes, change can be a blessing in disguise, and if you aren’t open to it, then it’s a lost opportunity. 

7) They’re easily distracted

It’s as simple as this: The more distracted you are, the less productive you are. 

Chasing after success doesn’t mean pursuing every opportunity that would eventually create an imbalance in your life. 

Unsuccessful people try to do too many things all at once, and they become so distracted by these activities that they fail to reach their goals and have no work-life balance. 

It’s not worth it. 

The path to success is about getting organized and having a plan so that you don’t become distracted. 

Set one goal and work towards it. Don’t overdo it, and don’t delay things. It’s all about finding balance, and that includes a plan to work toward your goals, along with dedicating time for leisure. 

8) They can’t say no

It’s never a good thing when you’re seen as a people-pleaser. The difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that a successful individual knows how to establish healthy boundaries. 

They can say no when necessary, which means that they don’t spread themselves too thin from their work life to their family life.  

It’s about not being taken advantage of. 

Saying no doesn’t mean that you’re being rude or letting someone down. It’s about protecting your best interests. 

When you’re constantly saying yes to other people and giving in to their demands, you’re sacrificing yourself. Eventually, you’ll feel so exhausted that you won’t have the mental or physical strength to work on your dreams and goals. 

9) They have bad time management

There’s one thing that’s always associated with success, and that’s organization. 

I learned this the hard way. 

I’d put things off at work, thinking, “Oh, I still have two weeks before that report is due.” Then, two weeks became a few days, and my boss could tell how rushed my work was because all he did was point out error after error. 

The most successful people always focus on punctuality because they know that failing to do so will just lead to stress and eventual burnout. 

You spread yourself so thin that you can’t meet deadlines and take care of yourself. 

To get organized, delegate some of the tasks or chores on your plate to others. Don’t be afraid to ask for help because I can guarantee that even the most successful people have reached out at some point in their lives. 

Final thoughts

What you and I consider successful might be different, but there’s no denying that bad habits and a negative attitude are never going to get you anywhere in life. 

It’s difficult to change things that we aren’t aware of, and that is why I hope this list of things that unsuccessful people do every day can help you or someone else take the initiative to work towards your dreams. 

It’s not an easy process, but once you’re aware and determined enough, there’s nothing standing in your way of success

If there’s one thing I want you to take away from this, it is to never be a quitter! 

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Marcel Deer

Marcel is a journalist, gamer, and entrepreneur. When not obsessing over his man cave or the latest tech, he’s failing helplessly at training his obnoxious rescue dog ‘Boogies’.

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