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Why We Often Sabotage Ourselves

Summarized notes:

  • Self-Sabotage Tactic #1: Busyness
    • Busyness doesn't equal productivity
    • Solution: Scheduled 'thinking time' for strategic planning
  • Self-Sabotage Tactic #2: Chasing Perfection
    • Perfectionism delays launches and hinders progress
    • Solution: Embrace progress over perfection, use a 'good enough' metric
  • Self-Sabotage Tactic #3: The Echo Chamber
    • Surrounding oneself with "yes people" hinders growth
    • Solution: Seek constructive feedback from a candid support group
  • Self-Sabotage Tactic #4: Shiny Object Syndrome
    • Getting distracted by new ideas, difficulty staying consistent
    • Solution: Implement systems and routines for consistency

Discussion (3)

imdreaming profile image

Struggling with Shiny Object Syndrome as a creator is no joke. The constant allure of new ideas can throw you off track. Personally, I've found salvation in sticking to a strict routine, ensuring I don't lose focus during all the creative chaos.

messo profile image

I stumbled into the Echo Chamber trap, especially with friends, and it was a real setback. Initially, the positive vibes were comforting, but the absence of honest feedback from my inner circle hindered my growth. I joined a couple discords (Creative Brew being a good one), and got candid feedback. It made a huge difference. But the ego adjustment had to happen before it was effective.

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Amy Sawyama

But the ego adjustment had to happen before it was effective.

I can’t tell you how many times people ask for candid feedback and then try to defend their work/and or fight it. It’s like, why did you even ask then? You clearly aren’t open to improvements.