7 Deadly Habits That Will Never Get You a Promotion


Do you often feel that a hidden force is holding you back from becoming a success in your career goal? Well, it is always easier to dream success following your footsteps, but it’s quite difficult to grab it. While you might only consider the common factors such as a massive slowdown in the job market or an unappreciative boss as the key reasons for your obstacles, there is another side of the story. May be your own habits are causing an obstacle in your success.

Here are the 7 deadly habits that you should cut-off immediately to achieve success. Take a look at them:


You Think Either You are Too Good or Too Bad

How do you define success is just a state of mind. Many people never try to work hard to get it because they believe that they are not good enough, so why to give it a try. Others might not be able to reach to the top due to high esteem that they will achieve success even without doing anything.

“Successful and unsuccessful people do not vary greatly in their abilities. They vary in their desires to reach their potential— John Maxwell

There’s always a scope of improvement in each one of us. Therefore, even if I believe that I am good enough, it would not be wise if I ignore the importance of preparing for a job interview when the job market is highly competitive, or refuse to spend some extra hours on a presentation to get my deal closed with an important client. Never be over confident.


You are Ready to Quit So Easily

Success doesn’t come to those who are too keen on quitting prematurely.  Many people quit because they lack confidence to face the challenges, while some are intimidated by the thought of giving that extra effort. If you give up even without trying, you close the doors for you.

“Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it— Henry David Thoreau

Remember, no one can fight for you except you. Don’t be afraid to walk that one extra mile. As said by Henry David Thoreau, “Success usually comes to those who are too busy to be looking for it”.


You Refuse to Come Out of Your Comfort Zone

Choosing comfort is good, but not at the cost of your success. Most of us develop this deadly habit of doing only those things in which we are comfortable. To achieve something big in your life, it’s imperative to pull on your socks and get ready to accept new things in life, such as challenging our fears, going to unfamiliar places for job search, or building career networks with new people even if you are an introvert.

“All progress takes place outside the comfort zone— Michael John Bobak

This doesn’t mean that you should always go for the most uncomfortable options. Here it means, never let any challenge in life stop you from reaching your destination in career path.


You Don’t Analyze Your Strengths & Weaknesses

There is always an option to move ahead in life, but it is possible only when you are aware of your areas of improvement. Blindly following a path without understanding how you can leverage your strengths and how you can improve on your weaknesses is not the right drill to achieve success.

“Things work out best for those who make the best of how things work out—John Wooden


You Always Procrastinate Tasks for that “Perfect” Moment

The desire to get more is another deadly habit which holds you back from getting successful. Procrastination doesn’t kill time; it kills your chances of achieving greater heights.

“If you genuinely want something, don’t wait for it–teach yourself to be impatient— Gurbaksh Chahal

So, whether you plan to invest in your career by pursuing a certification course, wish to start your own business, or even plan to quit your job, why you prefer to wait for longer and hesitate in pulling the trigger now! There is no perfect moment to do anything. It is only you who can analyze that anything is worth waiting for or not.


Also Read: Dealing with 7 Time-Management Mistakes


You Fear to Take Risks

The fear of failure is one of the most intimidating factors that halt your career progression. Some of you might take this point as contrary to the above point no 5. However, this point gives more emphasis on taking risks to explore better opportunities, which clearly doesn’t support procrastinating your important decisions and just dream of the “perfect” things to happen. You should know what is worth settling for in life.

“If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary—Jim Rohn

At the end, never hesitate to adapt to the new environment as accepting to be a captive of what you have always been doing is like taking one step away from your success.

Say good-bye to these hurdles and no one can stop you from taking the roadmap that will help you climb the career ladder.

Good luck!

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About Swati Srivastava

Swati Srivastava is an avid writer who loves to pen down her ideas and career tips for professionals working across the globe. Her blog posts, new career stories, and articles inspire many job seekers.

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