5 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

5 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

5 Habits of Highly Ineffective People

by Steve Backlund

Stephen Covey wrote the best seller Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. Conversely, here are some habits for anyone who wants to be highly ineffective (or wants to know what habits to avoid on a journey towards greater effectiveness):

Impulsiveness – Emotion-based decisions need time for confirmation before being finalized. Whether it is “falling in love”, making a major purchase, or some other big decision, it is wise to find ways to protect yourself from bad choices. We can do this by having good accountability in our lives, by setting aside time for prayer and Bible reading, and by invoking a 24 hour, one week, or one month rule of refusing to make a major decision within that time period.

Laziness – It has been said that the difference between successful and unsuccessful people is that successful people find ways to do what they don’t want to do, while unsuccessful people won’t find those ways. We all have many things we don’t want to do, but those who don’t advance in life tend to prioritize play before responsibilities.  

Victim Mindsets – Blaming others for our lack of progress blocks us from seeing the pathways available to us for forward movement in our lives. One of the ways to overcome such tendencies is to read stories of people who have overcome great odds in life to do great things, such as Helen Keller or William J. Seymour of the Azusa Street Revival.

Mistreating People – Those who put goals above quality relationships will invariably hurt others. When we aspire to be great regardless of how it impacts others, we are not successful people. People on their death beds rarely say, “I wish I would have made more money or been in the office more.” On the contrary, people at the end of their lives often wish they would have loved their family and others in a greater way by cultivating relationships more.

Ignoring Spirituality – As a person of faith, I have come to the conclusion that ignoring the spiritual side of life will eventually have negative consequences. If you are looking for a place to begin to activate your spirit in a great way, I recommend reading one chapter every day from the book of Proverbs in the Bible. It is a gold mine of wisdom.


Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.

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