Growing up, one thing my mother told me probably hundreds of times — besides to clean up my room, of course — was that “it’s easier to follow those who have achieved, given they have paved the way.”
Being an adult, I firmly understand what she meant. It’s much like when Tony Robbins says, “Model someone who’s already successful…because success leaves clues.” It’s often these clues that can help you achieve.
But taking cues from another person’s path can only get you so far. You must also pay attention to what they don’t do. Yes, don’t do. Otherwise, you could find yourself slipping into old patterns the get in the way of your progress.
The following are some of the more important “don’ts” on the path toward success:
- Don’t chase riches.
- Don’t work on little sleep, as sleep is an agent that provides power.
- Don’t drift, as it takes you off course of your designed life plan.
- Don’t sleep in and allow the day to pass you by.
- Don’t spend idol time surfing the Internet.
- Don’t have a mindset that focuses just on yourself.
- Don’t stop after failure.
- Don’t use negative words or self-sabotaging phrases, such as “I can’t” or “I don’t know how.
- Don’t allow others to define who you are or who you can become.
- Don’t lose your belief and faith in yourself and your vision.
- Don’t allow everything on your calendar. Prioritize and understand “No” is ok.
- Don’t allow a full day of interruptions. Plan your day thoughtfully and purposefully.
- Don’t live in the past. Use the past for learning and changes to the future.
- Don’t spend time with negative people.
- Don’t focus on limits. Concentrate on abundance.
If you mentally found yourself doing any of these things, understand that it’s ok. Self-awareness is the beginning of change. It allows you to follow the path of successful individuals and model their behavior so you can achieve.