Self-Sabotage Top 20


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"We made too many wrong mistakes."
Ė Yogi Berra


Procrastinating, overindulging, and acting impulsively are cited as the most common forms of self-sabotage, according to a survey conducted for this website.

In the survey of 203 Americans aged 18-66, participants chose from a list of more than 50 potentially counterproductive behaviors. The top 20 behaviors, with the percentage of participants who said they had done that behavior more than once in the preceding 30 days:

 Top 20 Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

More than once in the last 30 days I . . . Percentage
  1 Procrastinated 86
  2 Overindulged in eating, drinking, or spending 84
  3 Acted impulsively / didnít consider the consequences 77
  4 Got distracted or lost focus 73
  5 Skipped exercising 72
  6 Ate poorly 70
  7 Took on too many things 66
  8 Ignored or minimized problems in relationships, job, or health 59
  9 Held unrealistic expectations 57
10 Was too critical or judgmental of myself or others 57
11 Needed help but didnít ask for it 55
12 Rushed through things 53
13 Obsessed over a trip, purchase, or other decision 52
14 Overestimated the risks of something bad happening 49
15 Worried too much 46
16 Didnít finish what I started 45
17 Failed to assert my needs, rights, or desires 42
18 Took something too personally 41
19 Talked myself into something and regretted it 40
20 Postponed pleasure unnecessarily 38

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