If you feel like you’re underachieving in life, say goodbye to these 8 habits

Ever feel like you’re stuck and not getting ahead in life?

You’re not alone.

Sometimes, we have bad habits that hold us back.

Want to change that?

I’ve got a list of 8 habits you should say goodbye to.

Ready to make your life better? Keep reading!

1. Stop Procrastinating

Let’s kick things off with a big one: procrastination.

You know what I’m talking about—putting things off until the last minute and then rushing like crazy to get them done.

Sound familiar?

Procrastination is like a sneaky thief that steals your time and energy.

Before you know it, you’re behind on your goals and feeling stressed out.

How to say goodbye? Start small. Choose one task you’ve been avoiding and do it. Right now.

You’ll feel way better, and it’ll give you the boost you need to tackle bigger things.

Trust me, once you kick procrastination to the curb, you’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner.

2. Ditch the Negative Self-Talk

Ah, the good ol’ inner critic. We’ve all got one, right? That little voice inside your head that loves to tell you you’re not good enough, smart enough, or whatever enough.

I used to have a loud inner critic myself, always quick to point out my mistakes.

But here’s the thing: that voice isn’t helping you, it’s holding you back.

Want to kick this habit? Start paying attention to your thoughts.

When you catch yourself thinking something negative, flip the script.

Replace “I can’t do this” with “I’ll give it my best shot.”

It might feel weird at first, but over time, it’ll become second nature.

Changing the way you talk to yourself can make a massive difference in how you feel and what you achieve.

So, tell that inner critic to take a hike and make room for some positive vibes.

3. Stop Saying “Yes” to Everything

Wait, what? Shouldn’t saying “yes” open doors and create opportunities? Well, yes and no.

While it’s great to be open to new experiences, saying “yes” to everything is a one-way ticket to Burnout City.

You end up stretched too thin, trying to please everyone but yourself.

Trust me, I’ve been there—juggling so many things that I felt like a circus performer, and not a very good one!

Here’s the counterintuitive part: saying “no” can actually be really empowering. It helps you make time for what truly matters to you. It’s not about being selfish; it’s about setting boundaries.

Next time someone asks you to do something, pause. Ask yourself, “Do I really want to do this? Does it help me get closer to my goals?”

If the answer’s “no,” then it’s okay to decline.

You’ll free up time for things that make you happier and bring you closer to your goals.

4. Quit Comparing Yourself to Others

Social media has made it so darn easy to scroll through other people’s lives and feel like you’re falling behind in the race.

You see their picture-perfect vacations, their dream jobs, their cute pets, and think, “Why isn’t my life that great?”

I’ve been down that rabbit hole, and let me tell you, it’s a dead end.

Here’s the raw truth: those picture-perfect moments are just that—moments. They don’t show the struggles, the doubts, the hard work.

And honestly, who cares if someone else has a shinier car or a bigger house?

Does that really define success or happiness? Nope.

So, how do you quit this toxic habit?

It starts with recognizing your own worth.

You’re on a unique path, and it’s not going to look like anyone else’s. And that’s okay.

Focus on your own journey, your own growth, and your own happiness. The rest is just noise.

5. Letting Perfectionism Rule Your Life

I’ve got a confession to make: I used to be a perfectionist.

Like, the kind who’d spend hours tweaking a single paragraph or redoing a task over and over until it was “just right.”

Sounds exhausting, right?

It was. Perfectionism wasn’t my friend; it was my jailer, keeping me from moving forward because nothing ever felt good enough.

Here’s a life-changer: Done is better than perfect. Yep, you read that right.

Whether it’s finishing a project or cleaning your house, sometimes you just have to say, “It’s good enough,” and move on.

When you let go of the need for everything to be flawless, you free up mental energy to tackle more important things.

So the next time you catch yourself agonizing over a detail, remember that it’s okay to be imperfect. In fact, it’s human.

Aim for progress, not perfection, and you’ll find that life starts to feel a whole lot more manageable—and fulfilling.

6. Neglecting Self-Care

We live in a hustle culture, where it’s almost a badge of honor to be busy all the time.

Work, family, social commitments—you name it, it’s all vying for your attention.

And in the midst of this chaos, guess what often gets shoved to the back burner?

Yep, you guessed it—taking care of yourself.

It’s easy to think that self-care is a luxury or even selfish, but let me set the record straight: it’s neither.

It’s a necessity. If you’re running on empty, how can you give your best to your job, your family, or your dreams?

Start by setting aside some “me-time” every week. Even just 20 minutes to read a book, take a walk, or do some deep breathing exercises can make a world of difference.

Recharging your batteries isn’t just good for you; it’s good for everyone around you.

Because the better you feel, the better you can tackle all the other stuff life throws your way.

7. Ignoring Your Gut Feelings

Okay, let’s cut the fluff and get straight to it: Ignoring your gut feelings is like betraying yourself.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve kicked myself for not listening to that inner voice saying, “Hey, something’s off here.”

Whether it’s a toxic relationship, a sketchy job offer, or a decision that just doesn’t sit well, your intuition is your built-in alarm system.

Ignoring it? That’s like hearing your smoke detector go off and deciding it’s probably nothing. Until it’s too late and the kitchen’s on fire. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

Your gut feelings exist for a reason.

They’re your subconscious picking up on cues and details that your conscious mind might miss.

Listen to it. Honor it. Don’t let fear or doubt talk you out of what you instinctively feel is right—or wrong.

So the next time your gut is sending you a signal, don’t just shove it aside.

Give it a seat at the table. It might save you from a lot of heartache or lead you towards something truly amazing.

Trust yourself; you know more than you think you do.

8. Stop Planning Too Much

Planning is supposed to be good, right? We’ve all heard that failing to plan is planning to fail.

But sometimes, too much planning becomes another form of procrastination.

You get so caught up in making things perfect that you never actually start.

Ever spent hours creating a super-detailed to-do list, but didn’t get to actually doing the stuff on it?

Yep, that’s what I’m talking about.

The counterintuitive truth is this: Planning has diminishing returns.

Beyond a certain point, each extra hour spent planning could be better used doing.

While it’s good to have a general roadmap, you can’t anticipate every twist and turn life will throw at you.

Sometimes, you have to trust yourself to figure things out as you go along.

So, instead of planning your next move down to the tiniest detail, try this: Set a basic outline, and then dive right in.

You’ll learn more from doing than you ever will from planning.

And hey, if things go awry, that’s just another opportunity to learn and adapt.

That’s how progress happens—in the doing, not the planning.

 

 

 

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Lachlan Brown

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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