There will be people who struggle in business. They struggle with hitting their goals. They struggle with staying organized. They struggle staying focused on what moves the needle most.

And, in a lot of cases, they’re getting in their own way because of four addictions unsuccessful people get caught up in. 

I bring this up because losing focus on your business is one of the biggest mistakes people can make, especially when looking at outside factors. 

Keep reading to learn what these addictions are. And don’t be surprised if at least one of them hits close to home. 

#1—Addiction to the opinions of others

Some folks are so worried about being liked—they want approval, they want everyone to accept and validate them—they lose focus on the things they should be doing.

They’re worried about getting judged. The reality is we all need some haters. We all need some people who just don’t like us or who get jealous of what’s going on with us. Honestly, if you’re not doing something that creates some haters, you’re probably not doing enough. Or you’re not doing it well enough for haters to notice. 

So, stop worrying about the people outside of your company, your business, your sphere, and your influence group. And start focusing on what’s going to move you ahead to hit your goals. 

#2—Addiction to the past

We’ve all seen people with this addiction. Think of the high school star quarterback or someone like that. (If you were a high school quarterback, don’t take this personally.) I’m talking about someone who’s resting on the laurels they earned as teenagers—someone so stuck in their glory days that all they can focus on is how great things were 10, 15, 20, or 30 years ago. 

They fixate on what they accomplished then instead of taking risks now, getting aggressive now, and doing things that are going to benefit them now. 

They’re thinking about how great things used to be and how to recreate that same environment. 

This addiction to the past is going to stop you from moving forward in your current situation, in your current mindset, and in your current climate. You can’t deal with the present if you’re stuck in the past. 

This is a real challenge for a lot of people. And it gets in the way of doing the things they want to do in the present. 

#3—Addiction to worry

This one can be crippling. I’ve seen a lot of people get so paralyzed by what they think may happen, that they won’t allow themselves to actually let things play out a little bit. 

This is a real issue. When you’re fixated on things that could happen, you’re mentally playing things out six or seven steps down the road. And unlike the experience you get from dealing with real-life problems, this fixation on things that aren’t even happening gives you nothing in exchange for the time and energy you’re wasting on it. 

You’re so busy catastrophizing, you stop taking action on the things you need to do in the present. You render yourself incapable of dealing with the stuff happening right now. 

#4—Addiction to drama

We’ve all seen what this looks like. For people addicted to drama, there’s always something wrong. There’s always something urgent. They’re talking to other folks—and about other folks—instead of doing something that’s going to help them move ahead. 

They think something is urgent because they’re not looking at the bigger picture. After all, drama can be so much more exciting than doing the work you need to do to serve your clients and grow your business. 

An addiction to drama can easily stop someone from doing the real work in front of them. And it’s easy to come up with valid-sounding excuses to justify the distraction. 

If you know someone like this, you know the drama is all BS. And the folks addicted to it tend to be unreliable. They’re so focused on putting out self-made or imaginary fires, they get very little if anything done. They’re more invested in protecting their position than in doing their job. 

All four of these addictions stand in the way of success. 

We’ve all had to deal with at least one of these. Everyone has something that could sabotage their personal and professional goals. If you’re saying you don’t suffer from any of these addictions and you never have, you’re probably lying—or you’re probably affected by number one: you’re worried about what people might think of you. 

When you stop caring about what other people think of you and realize your best days are ahead of you, you can focus on moving forward every day. 

With that comes greater confidence and less of a need for external validation. Like a fine wine, you get better as you age because you keep your eyes focused on the important things in your life and in your business. 

That mindset is going to help you win because all these addictions do is cause you to lose focus on what’s most important

Every one of them is a distraction you cannot afford, personally or professionally. 

So, really think about this and where you might be letting some of this nonsense get in your way. If you can remove that, you can spend that time on what will actually make a difference in your business and in your life. 

The time you recover from these addictions is time you can use to benefit yourself and get where you want to go.