This is from a fantastic book called Mission Critical by Dwight Hill who is a dear friend and mentor of mine. I found these principles very inspiring today.
10 Common Self-Defeating Behaviors in Business
- Procrastination – If you’re always late on completing things, people stop relying on you; soon they start resenting you.
(see Joshua 18:3-6; Rom 12:11; 2 Thess. 3:6-18)
- Getting involved with the wrong people – Yes, there are bad people in the world. If you keep giving them the benefit of the doubt, you’ll be the one who has to clean up the mess.
(see Prov 1:10-19)
- Playing it safe – The world is in rapid state of change. Doing the same old thing over and over again expecting it to be good enough may turn out not to be so safe after all.
(see Matt. 25:14-30)
- Focusing on what others are doing wrong – This is a “demotivating” habit. Focusing on what the other person is not doing makes it difficult for you to keep trying hard.
(See Gal. 5:14-15; 1 Peter 3:16)
- Not learning from your mistakes – Successful people don’t make fewer mistakes than unsuccessful people, but they repeat fewer mistakes.
(see Prov. 18:2; 26:11; 27:22; 28:26)
- Having unrealistic expectations – When you confuse what is reasonable with what is realistic, you set yourself up for failure. (see Rom 12:3; 1 Cor. 15:10; Eph. 5:17; James 4:13-16)
- Trying to take care of everybody – You can’t take care of everybody and do a decent job. In attempting to take care of everybody, nobody including yourself is satisfied.
(see Ex. 18:13-22)
- Being envious of others – Teamwork is ruined when team members envy each other to the extent they root against each other.
(see Gen. 30:1; Ps. 37:1-2; Ecc. 4:4; Acts 13:44; Gal. 5:26)
- Quitting too soon – You have more control over trying or quitting then over success of failure. If you always quit, you’ll never succeed; if you always try, you’ll eventually succeed.
(see Luke 9:62)
- Letting fear run your life – Paralyzed by rapid technological advances and refusing to get on board to learn.
(see Isa. 41:10, 13; Rom. 8:15, 31; Heb. 10:38, 39; 11:6; 1 John 4:18)