In Part 1 of this series, we looked at three ways we can prevent our own success and prosperity, without even realizing it.

Now, let’s look at some more ways that I have interfered with my own success. Maybe you’re doing these things too, and wondering why you don’t seem to get ahead like you wish.

Trying to learn everything

Technology changes so fast that it’s impossible to keep up, especially if you believe that you have to know everything before you can move forward.

But hold on a minute.

You don’t need to know everything; you only need to learn the things that will fit into your plan. I’ve been a victim of bright shine object syndrome more times than I care to count. What has pulled me out of that dizzying cycle is focusing on the main objective I’m trying to reach.

Not learning what I need to know

Sometimes just the thought of having to learn yet another program, platform, or app makes me want to go to bed and read a book—one with paper pages that I turn one at a time.

Now, instead of trying to figure everything out, I choose to learn only what I need to know to achieve my goal. This year, I took a day to learn how to use some new software that has made creating training videos much quicker and easier. With everything else, I ask myself if I really need to learn this to get where I’m going. If not, I don’t.

Chasing after the next big thing

It’s so tempting to believe the promises and sales copy of highly successful marketers.

After all, it worked for them so why would it not work for me? All I have to do is fork over a boatload of cash and voilà! I’ll be rich too.

The problem with this approach to doing business is that the next big thing, and the next, and the one after that will keep me from doing what will really work for me. It’s vital to keep that in mind. It’s also essential to limit your exposure to all those shiny possibilities.

If you’ve decided not to buy things, don’t go shopping.

In Part 3 of this series, we’ll look at some of the more personal things that keep me, and you, from success.

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