How to Overcome Barriers to Career Success

By Dennis McCafferty  |  Posted 2015-08-20 Email

Too often, we become our own worst enemy at work. We may let a lack of self-confidence sabotage our work efforts. We may spend so much time multitasking that we never finish anything. Or we may lapse into constant expressions of negative sentiments about our company, job and/or co-workers—in the process, developing a reputation as a toxic employee who should be avoided at all costs. In the recent book, Brainblocks: Overcoming the 7 Hidden Barriers to Success (Perigee Paperback/available in August), author Dr. Theo Tsaousides describes these "brainblocks" as enemies of action. "They turn motivation into inertia, productivity into busywork, and dreamers into languishers," he writes. "They cause an array of problems, ranging from diminished productivity and strained relationships to serious clinical problems, like depression and anxiety." The best way to overcome them, Tsaousides explains, is to train your brain to undo them. As guidance, he provides step-by-step tips for overcoming seven brainblocks: self-doubt, procrastination, impatience, multitasking, rigidity, perfectionism and negativity. The following remedies to five of these brainblocks are adapted from the book. Tsaousides is a New York City-based neuropsychologist and founder of The LEAP Center, a counseling company focused on personal and professional growth and successful performance.

Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.

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