We are all capable of achieving amazing things. However, many of us do not live up to our full potential. In fact, there are a lot of people in the world who could be at a much better place in life than they currently are.

Some people think that those who reach great levels of success in their life simple got a lucky break. I assure you, this is not the case. Those with great lives got to where they are because of their ability to not let anything hold them back.

The best things in life are the things that are worth working for. Without effort and determination, there is little that can be achieved.

Unfortunately, there are a lot of things in the world that can stand in a person’s way, cause them to lose their determination, and hold them back.

Here are 5 examples of common things that hold a person back…

1. Low Self-Esteem

I encounter a lot of people in life that have a very low level of self-esteem. More often than not, they tend to have fairly limited lives.

The better we feel about ourselves, the easier it becomes to reach for our goals and let nothing stand in our way. Luckily, low self-esteem is not something that has to be permanent. With a little bit of work and the decision to change, anyone can create higher self-esteem.

2. Social Circle

Choosing the right types of people to surround ourselves with is extremely important. Positive people create positive surroundings. However, negative people tend to do the exact opposite.

If you have been having a hard time moving forward with your life, you may want to take a look at the people you involve in your life. If they aren’t supportive, they may be what is holding you back and it may be a good idea to part ways.

3. Jumbled Priorities

Those who have jumbled priorities tend to have jumbled lives. It’s important to determine what it is that you want to achieve and then set priorities that will support you. It can be hard at times to stick to priorities. However, doing so will free you from the chains that have been holding you back.

4. Not Having Goals

Simply put, you can’t go very far if you don’t know where you are going. For this reason, it’s important to set clear goals for yourself. This will give you a starting point as well as guide you along your journey to where you would like to be in life.

5. Lack Of Motivation

We have all experienced a lack of motivation at least once in life. Unfortunately, motivation is never permanent. If we want to remain motivated, we have to keep adding fuel to our fire. Remind yourself of the reasons you are doing something, what the benefits will be in the end, and why you want it so badly. This will help you keep your eye on the prize at the end of the road.

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