As you attempt to climb the corporate ladder there will always be steps forward as well as steps backward. Often the steps backward can be contributed to reasons that are out of your hands but there are also some that could be your own doing. A dismal economy or backstabbing coworkers might be the cause of stepping down a rung or two but there might be some psychological factors at play.

Psychological Factors Holding Back Success

You might be conforming to the majority opinion to your own detriment. Often human behavior will cause people to go with the crowd even when the crowd is wrong. If you are in a meeting and you think that there is a glaring problem that everyone else seems to be conforming to then it might actually be a problem to go along with the crowd. If you see a problem then speak up, it could be your time to shine instead of fading into the background.

If you are part of a group that has negative stereotypes associated with them then you might unknowingly perform worse and live up to those stereotypes. Your particular race or gender might have stereotypes that keep you from success and knowing those stereotypes might prime you for failure. If you are aware of your stereotype then a good rule of thumb is to focus on your most valuable qualities instead.

Striving for perfection can be a good attribute but it can also lead to emotional exhaustion and loss of time. Instead of focusing on having every little thing just right, it might be more valuable for you to focus on getting the job done so you can move on to the next project.

Successful people can sometimes feel like a fraud. Feeling like an imposter is reported by up to 70 percent of people at some time or another. If you have had success but are having time moving on to the next task because you fear failure then you might want to reach out to a mentor for help. Talking about your fears can help you overcome them.

A fear of success can take over when you are assigned a new responsibility. A fear of reaching full potential or the fear of not being able to cope with the new set of responsibilities that a new role will bring can be crippling. Finding the source of that fear is essential to overcoming it.

If you are avoiding information regarding your progress or how you are moving towards your goals in a project then you are just burying your head in the sand. If you are terrified of finding out that you are behind on your goals then it might help to have a trusted colleague check your progress for you until you can do it yourself.

Procrastination is something that everyone has dealt with at one time or another. Although procrastination is sometimes thought of as just being lazy it can be detrimental to success. A good trick is to make a list of what needs to be done and start with the smallest things first. Just getting started is half the battle won.

Do not let psychological factors like these get in the way of your success. Identify them and overcome them to reach your greatest potential.