6 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Success

Would you like to see bigger and better results from your business in a few short weeks?

Let me tell you how:

Your success has more to do with you than the economy or market conditions. It’s more about you than supply/demand, price, or great ideas. Success can be yours if you get out of your own way long enough to achieve it.

The world is full of smart, capable entrepreneurs who never experience permanent success because they sabotage themselves on a regular basis. The scary is part is that you’re not usually aware that you are sabotaging yourself. There are six key ways you may be killing your chances for success.

If you don’t get these areas under control it will certainly lead to the demise of your business.

#1: No Focus.

You can be all over the place. Too many entrepreneurs jump from opportunity to opportunity without having any form of plan or purpose.

#2: Allowing Interruptions & Distractions

Every time you allow someone or something to interrupt or distract you, you are putting your success on hold. It’s hard to build a successful business when you’re slow to finish tasks and projects because you’re constantly being distracted.

#3: Poor Environment

Who you hang out with and associate with matters so choose wisely. Do the people in your life move you closer to your goals? You’ve heard that your income is always close to that of your 5 closest friends. The wrong crowd will bring you down and hold you back.

#4: No Systems

Every successful business sits on a foundation of strong systems and processes. In order to grow your business to high performance levels, you MUST create solid systems. Otherwise, you’re setting yourself up to fail by having a business full of inconsistencies.

#5: Lack Of Discipline

Do you keep a strong schedule? Discipline is essential to hitting deadlines and finishing tasks on time. A consistent lack of discipline can be a major factor in sabotaging your success. It takes discipline to execute good ideas.


#6: Absence Of Confidence

When self-doubt creeps in, you’re not as effective executing tasks and strategies that are proven to work. Nothing will sabotage your success more than a lack of belief in yourself. I’ve personally struggled with this and as a result I was considerably unsuccessful (that’s fancy talk for broke). You must work on your confidence and never stop. It’s not about having an ego…it’s about believing in yourself.

As I said, you can be sabotaging your success without knowing it. You can work hard and follow proven models and strategies but still come up short. If you feel like this describes you then take a close look at each of these areas.

The good news is that small improvements in each of these areas leads to big results.

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  • SimonKerr

    Great post John, I fall into at least 2 or 3 of these categories and was just thinking about some of those areas I lack in over the last few days. Perfect timing for post. Awesome as always John.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Simon! Glad you found it timely and helpful.

  • JeremyNewton

    Great post John. Thanks.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    You’re welcome Jeremy.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    You’re welcome Jeremy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/andreasangsteronline Andrea Sangster

    Aaaaargh – you got me!

  • http://www.whatdoestonydo.com cheftony

    I’ll say one more…the continual preparation and no action. Preparing is important, but taking action (even if/when failing occurs) is only thing that will truly produce results…great post.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Excellent addition! You’re exactly right. So many people are always in that “getting ready” phase. Thanks for the contribution!

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan


  • http://www.hairextensionsbymonica.com/ Monica Nielsen

    wow…Thanks for another great post, after reading this I will “relax” and “stop the noise”. Get back to doing what I love the activities that brought me were I am now. Because, after all, it is in the journey I am on that has been most enjoyable. Have an Amazing day, your post was part of making my day Fabulous.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Monica. Glad it was helpful.

  • Susan Thetford

    So true,John.Thanks for the lunchtime pick-me-up.Now,off to working my plan for the rest of the afternoon…reading was not in the schedule!

  • http://www.stephenmelancon.com/ Stephen Melancon

    Great post, John. Your writing makes me hold myself accountable, and energizes me to step up my game. With this post, I realize that I really have to work on “systems”, and my “confidence” can use some shoring up from time to time. Very helpful. Thanks.

  • Ken Hudson

    Great post John, I think trying to maintain a social life and trying to get my first project of the ground (I’m a newbie) is my biggest obstacle, It definitely cuts into my focus. I need to get into a more scheduled routine and block out time for both. Read the book and loved it btw, straight to the point which is needed sometimes…

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Ken! Glad you liked the post and the book! Staying focused and being disciplined on your schedule are key factors. Would you be up for leaving a review on Amazon for the book? I’d greatly appreciate it.

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Stephen! I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog.

  • Ken Hudson

    You got it, I’ll definitely leave one…now only if I can stay focused long enough on that…j/k. A lot of branding/marketing/sales books seem more about promoting the author than really helping the reader or is an extension of the author’s ego so it was refreshing to get a solid book of info!

  • http://www.JohnMichaelMorgan.com John Morgan

    Thanks Ken! Looking forward to it!

  • http://twitter.com/citylifematt Matt Saunders

    I thing I do is “over think”. I get an idea in my head and ahh man, it’s brilliant, I just know it’s brilliant! Then I think about it, and think about it, and think about it, then I’ll start to work on it, I’ll even go so far as to get product made, then BAM I’m back to thinking, thinking about what to do next, and thinking… A CoWorker of mine is really good about moving into the full on action stage and I’m working to push myself at that better. Or at least I’m thinking about working on that… AGH :)