What Do You Need to STOP Doing in Order to Advance?

Molly Cain discusses six things that executives should quit doing to be more successful in Forbes.

Based on over 1,500 coaching sessions with executives and entrepreneur leaders, I find the list spot on. However, I would sharpen the focus to remind readers that these are primarily choices and decisions, rather than activities, like getting up earlier or eating less carb foods.

These 6 choices, then are:

Quit Stopping:  When you suddenly stop and quit something that you committed to finish on the first place like a project at work, a relationship, a fitness goal etc. You should not stop the work only because now it requires a little extra labor. The more you stop and think about quitting, the longer it’ll take to get to your desired result.

Quit Saying Tomorrow: Delaying or procrastinating around something that you think is important means either you are scared to start or someone else is encouraging you to do it. So every day you wait or delay to start something new is another day you are not helping yourself.

Quit Being A Victim: If you’re choosing to remain in a place that isn’t positive, you’re victimizing yourself because you have a choice in everything you do. Suppose you are seeking advice from your friends about a particular hardship and you respond “but I can’t” too many times, you officially become a victim. Eventually, you’ll have to ask yourself whether you even want to fix the problem.

Quit Saying Yes: Anytime we say yes to something, we’re saying no to something else. For example, when you say yes to watching pointless reality TV shows, you’re saying no to doing the dishes. Or if you say yes to staying late at the office, you’re saying no to your relationship. Rather than saying yes all the time, just analyze when you are saying yes and what you are trading for. It will make your life better.

Quit Expecting: Quit expecting and be vocal about your needs. Like if you expect your company to promote you when they feel you’re ready for it, you will have to wait for the next 10 years. So speak it up with your boss because they will only know when you will tell them. If you don’t speak up, you’re leaving the translation up to them.

Quit Avoiding: Don’t put off things because it’s boring or physically tiring. Quit avoiding it and life will give you rewards along the way. You will feel a sense of accomplishment at the end.

Read more details in Forbes Magazine

So what are the choices you will make to be more successful? What is a choice or habit that you follow that hasn’t been covered above?

About the Author Bill Ringle

Bill Ringle is a CEO, former Apple exec, published author, and angel investor. Through Grow Business Now, he offers strategies and tools to elevate growth for executives and entrepreneurs from more than 46 industries. Bill has conducted nearly 200 podcast interviews on My Quest for the Best, where industry and business leaders share their secrets to success.

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