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10 Career-Limiting Habits: Are You Guilty?

I stumbled upon this great article the other day and I wanted to share it with all of you. According to new research, 97 percent of employees report that they have a Career Limiting Habit (CLH) that keeps them from achieving their potential at work.

Here is a list of the Career Limiting Habits identified in the article: (updated to include links to ALL of my articles on the topics)

1.    Unreliability
2.    “It’s not my job”
3.    Procrastination
4.    Resistance to change
5.    Negative attitude
6.    Disrespect
7.    Short-term focus
8.    Selfishness
9.    Passive aggressiveness
10.   Risk aversion

Even worse is that bosses in the study report that only 10 to 20 percent of their employees actually make any profound or lasting change to these habits.

The article provides some general guidance for overcoming these kinds of Career Limiting Habits, including investing in professional development (which I’ve been talking quite a bit about lately). But sadly, it doesn’t offer much in the way of specific advice for overcoming the 10 specific habits identified in the article.

As I always say, if you want something and it doesn’t exist, create it! So I’ve decided to address each of these Career Limiting Habits in a new series of articles I’ll be publishing over the next few weeks.

When it’s all done, you’ll have a comprehensive ten-step program for overcoming the most common Career Limiting Habits so you can achieve your true professional potential. Cool? Very.

Stay tuned…

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23 Responses to “10 Career-Limiting Habits: Are You Guilty?”

  1. Paula says:

    Well, as I told a psychologist, my problem is something you’ve probably never encountered, and never will again.

    I became vegan about 4 years ago after learning what’s behind not only my food, but clothing also … and everything else that animals are used for. Also, the affect of animal consumption on our environment, and public health. These were documentaries, and truthfully, I had a quiet little nervous breakdown. I became an activist, and also tried to get the large and well-known company that I worked for for 13 years as an admin assistant, to do some very progressive things. I was fired. I tried very hard to get a job after that but with the job market, and also my state of mind, and possibly age, I had no luck. I also had 2 herniated back surgeries and feel that sitting at a computer all day will put me back in trouble. I will be 58 years old soon and my unemployment has run out. I do not know how to function in the world anymore. My soul is so darkened by what I have learned humans do to animals. I can’t be around animal food, and it is everywhere. I have had some counseling, but always, the truth is there and I can’t put blinders on. I don’t want to be here anymore.

    I’m curious what an employment counselor would say to this unusual problem.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. Chrissy says:

    Hi Paula,

    First off, thanks for sharing so much and being so honest. That takes courage and I really appreciate your reaching out for help. I agree that this is an unusual problem. As a career coach, I’m afraid this isn’t exactly in my area of expertise. I really encourage you to continue seeking counseling from a trained professional. I can tell that this is tearing you apart and my thoughts are with you. Please take care of yourself.

    Chrissy

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  8. love your series on 10 most common career limiting habits. have been trying to catch them all. Have 1-3. How can I be assured I will see the rest in the series?

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  10. Chrissy Scivicque says:

    Hi Shannon,

    Glad you’re enjoying the series! Thanks for the comment. You can stay up-to-date with this series and everything else “Eat Your Career” by signing up for my eNewsletter. Just enter your email info in the form at the top of the right-hand sidebar. You’ll also get my free workbook called ‘How Nourishing Is Your Career?’

    Enjoy!!

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  14. [...] “disrespect” is the sixth career-limiting habit on our list, I figured now was a good time to go ahead and address this issue once and for all. Below, I’ll [...]

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  18. Stacey says:

    Enjoyed reading this series very much. I think I can relate to many of the career limiting habits having done some of them at some point or other in my career. It was good to reflect on them, recognise which one crops up the most and think about how to go about changing them. Thanks for covering this useful topic!

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