What do you think of when you hear the word success? For some, it could mean prospering in their profession, for others it might boil down to achieving basic goals. Success means something different to everyone, but we all strive to attain it. One key element of success is showing up. Highly productive individuals focus on more than just the big prize at the end; they take the time to work hard towards their goals by remaining in the moment. Another crucial part of achieving your ultimate goals is to evaluate what you need to give up getting there.

An Unhealthy Lifestyle: If you don’t feel your best how can you expect yourself to achieve anything? Maintaining a good diet and physical activity will keep you on the right track to success. At the end of the day, it all starts with taking care of yourself physically, mentally, and emotionally.  

Negative Thinking: A negative mindset will set you back no matter what. As soon as you let the negativity in, it will take hold of you and destroy any productivity you had going. The best way to avoid negativity is to look out for triggers that could spark it. Once you identify your triggers, you can stop them before you’re in a negative mindset.

Excuses: When you begin to make excuses, you start to set yourself back professionally and personally. According to Forbes, “The validity of your excuses only serves to make you temporarily feel better about why you aren’t doing what you know you want and need to be.” Take responsibility for your actions and stop wasting time justifying why your to-do list or goals aren’t getting done. 

Multitasking: There are plenty of studies out there that prove multitasking is terrible for productivity and overall success. To avoid multitasking, you need to focus on one project or task at a time. You’ll find yourself quickly completing tasks if you maintain your focus.

Perfectionism: No one will ever be perfect; we are human and make mistakes. Sometimes, you’re not going to get something right on the first try, and that’s okay. It’s also important to remember that waiting for the perfect time to start something will only diminish your success and productivity even more. The more time you spend waiting for the perfect idea or moment it won’t help you in the long run.

Success isn’t always about what you gain, but about what you give up to achieve your goals professionally and personally.