5 defining personality differences between successful and unsuccessful people

Since March, social media has convinced me to buy many things I probably don’t need, from kitchen gadgets to tie dyed sweat suits I’m most definitely too old to be wearing, to masks with inappropriate sayings that seemed hilarious to me at the time I hit ‘purchase’ – but that I’ve still not worked up the nerve to actually wear in public.

However, none of the above items tanked my productivity quite like this purchase

I bought this snarky, self-deprecating embroidery thinking it would be funny to look up at during my work day – that it’d make me laugh, and I’d move on to get my work done. What actually happened took a dark turn – so much so that I’ve actually relocated it elsewhere in my apartment.

Here’s what my week of working alongside this embroidery was like.

Day 1

It’s Monday morning, not only is my to-do list running longer than usual, but somehow I’m already behind before the day even started.

I’m fielding requests left and right, dealing with complaints that are more dramatic than they need to be, and to top it all off, I’m getting guilt tripped for not answering a text over the weekend from my mom.

The words of this embroidery staring back at me just put me in an even more foul mood – but I chalk it up to just having a bad day, wrap things up and call it an early night.

Day 2

Tuesday is slightly better, but I find myself feeling off. Everything irritates me, and tasks I normally enjoy doing feel like a struggle. I snap at a friend over text – and I’m usually not one to pick a fight. We go back and forth for a while, and I realize I’m late for a doctor’s appointment that I really need to keep. This puts me behind all day, and I end up working into the evening.

Day 3

I start my day off early to make sure I don’t fall behind for the third day in a row. It helps with my workload a lot but looking at this embroidery makes me feel like it’s just going to get worse – and then it does.

At this point, I really start to rethink the placement of this piece. Maybe I should move it closer to my TV, or place it on my bookshelf so that I only look at it when I want to? I tell my mom what’s been going on, and she tells me not to give it power. Mind over matter. 

Day 4

I guess my mind isn’t as powerful as the matter in front of me, because by the fourth day of this thing sitting on my desk in direct eyesight, I just don’t have the energy for anything.

Even though I was alone working out of my apartment, I had somehow created this negative work environment for myself just by introducing this saying to my space.

I had one more work day to get through and decided to see if I could at least power through Friday without having to hide this thing like it was some kind of cursed object.

Even though I was alone working out of my apartment, I had somehow created this negative work environment for myself just by introducing this saying to my space.

I had one more work day to get through and decided to see if I could at least power through Friday without having to hide this thing like it was some kind of cursed object.

Day 5 

You know how when you try not to do something, it makes it doubly hard to not do that thing? That was me trying to not look at this embroidery all work day. By around 3 pm, I gave up on keeping this thing anywhere within eyesight of my workspace, placed it over on my bookshelf and sat down to complete the rest of my work for the day. 

As soon as the embroidery was out of my space, the air itself felt lighter. 

When I look back on that week now, I wish I had moved the embroidery off my desk sooner. Heed my warning: If you’re scrolling through social media and see a piece of decor filled with negativity – even if it’s meant to be funny – resist the temptation to add it to your workspace.