According to an online survey of 972 people conducted by corporate trainer VitalSmarts (Provo, Utah), many people recognize what’s holding them back in their careers. 97% in the survey identified at least one career-limiting habit that prevents them from reaching their full potential at work. The top five bad habits:
2. The “It’s not my job” syndrome
4. Resistance to change
5. Negative attitude
In addition, survey participants noted other behaviors limiting their careers, including disrespect, short-term focus, selfishness, passive/aggressive tendencies, and avoidance of risk. You can overcome your self-sabotage with this advice:
· Get feedback. Sometimes you don’t know what to do to improve the situation because you don’t know exactly what’s wrong. Ask people you trust to give you candid input.
· Create a personal motivation statement. Think about where you want to go in your career and what you want to accomplish.
· Seek professional development. Look for training programs, conferences, and books that will help you learn the skills you need. Invest in these yourself if your employer won’t pay for them.
· Associate with positive role models. Don't hang out with people who share your bad habits.
· Get a mentor. An experienced pro can help you learn to make better decisions about your work and career.