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What’s Holding You Back?

  • August 2, 2018
  • Written by Meridian Admin

Often we have ways of self-sabotaging ourselves or holding back.  Let’s look at four ways that may be seen as inhibitors.


One of the primary examples of slowing our progress or not getting ahead fast enough, is simply procrastination. Too often we keep putting off what we know we need to be doing. Our thoughts may be that the task is too arduous, time-consuming or boring. We simply do not feel like it and come up with a myriad of excuses to delay doing it.

What one thing can we can do right now? Often just by starting, we end up doing it. Thus the Nike motto of “Just Do It!” is very appropriate.

My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.” Charles Dickens


Being aware that we are avoiding, and not simply procrastinating, is an important distinction in overcoming both. What are we avoiding by not doing something? What will happen if we continue to avoid? How will we succeed if we persist in avoiding? These are some of the questions we need to ask ourselves in finding out the reasons for and the consequences of avoidance.

“A day can really slip by when you're deliberately avoiding what you're supposed to do.” Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin & Hobbes


Being a perfectionist can truly inhibit us from reaching our goals and attaining success. It’s not about accepting mediocre it’s more about finishing even if it’s not necessarily perfect. As a perfectionist we prolong the finished product by being afraid that it is not perfect. What does perfect look like? Is it really attainable and worth the extra time? When do we need to stop the tweaking and finish up?

“Don't aim for perfection. Aim for 'better than yesterday’.” Izey Victoria Odiase, Web Designer


Too many facts, too much information or feeling we don’t have all the facts or that there is more to consider, can hold us back. These are the fundamental causes of indecision. When we understand that we won’t ever have all the facts, we need to accept there comes a point where a decision needs to be made. Consider; what is one decision you can make that can get things moving forward? What is the best choice for you right now?

“Indecision and delays are the parents of failure.” George Canning, English Statesman

These are just four of many ways that we can self-sabotage ourselves into not making progress or at the least inhibiting our progress. When we recognize one or more of these traits in ourselves, we can start to overcome them and move towards success.

Paul Abra, Certified Executive Coach, Motivated Coaching and Development

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