Enhance Success by Stopping 12 Behaviors

Success may be as simple as stopping something that’s sabotaging progress.

Keep doing all the great stuff you already do. Stop shooting yourself in the foot.


Success may be found in doing less not more.

Do less of what holds you back.


  1. Stop giving your best energy to fixing stuff that’s broken. Focus on opportunity.
  2. Stop talking about anything you don’t plan to do something about. Refuse to run meetings where talking-do-nothings win the day. Start stepping up. If you can’t step up, step out. Let others waste their lives talking. Don’t waste your time.
  3. Stop spending so much time with naysayers, mud slingers, and complainers. Pour yourself into people who want to grow. If all you do is pull foot draggers forward, cut the rope and move forward without them.
  4. Stop convincing people who don’t share your values to join your cause. Start talking about purpose  and values. Watch who lights up.
  5. Stop looking back so much. Start turning to your future.
  6. Stop focusing just on results. Start building relationships.
  7. Stop working in isolation. It’s your own fault if you feel alone. Start connecting by sharing your own journey and listening to theirs.
  8. Stop beating yourself up over failures. Start using failure as a platform. Learn, grow, and go!
  9. Stop trying to lead people who don’t want to be led. Connect with people who want to go where you want to go.
  10. Stop thinking it all depends on you. Start believing in others.
  11. Stop pretending things are “just fine.” Start confronting tough issues.
  12. Stop commanding, start coaching.

Behaviors leaders should stop include…?

What are you doing that holds you back?

Note: The first place I read about the principle of doing less was in, “What Got You Here Won’t Get You There,” by Marshall Goldsmith.