8 Things That Hold You Back In Life & You Must Surpass Them

Things that hold you back and how to overcome them

We have the potential to achieve more than we think and that requires us to be passionate and determined for goals. However, it is not enough if we forget to figure out things that hold us back in life. We all are surrounded by such elements but they often go unnoticed, impacting our overall productivity. However, the good news is that when we are ready to control these circumstances then we can break all the chains holding us back.

It is recommended that when you find out answers to what holds you back, you must also figure out the solutions alongside. Start today, plan your tasks accordingly later.

What Is Holding You Back From Achieving Goals?

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1. Indecisiveness

“Decisiveness is a supreme law, because it gives power to achieve your goals.” -Edward VIII

If you usually take a lot of time ordering food from the menu or think way too much before making any decision in life, this habit needs to see a goodbye. Successful people around the world are known to make decisions fast. They know that if decisions are delayed then they are never going to take place the way it should. It is not that analysis of decisions shouldn’t be done but it must be quick.

 2. Seeking Approval From Others

“An amazing thing happens when you stop seeking approval and validation. You find it.” –Mandy Hale

Listening to others for every decision you make is like not listening to what you want ahead. When you think about their approval, you are just holding yourself back from personal achievements. We don’t refrain from accepting that opinions matter to enhance the quality of decisions but it absolutely depends on the person you are asking and his concern towards you.

3. Blame Others

“When you blame others, you give up your power to change.” –Robert Anthony

It is always easy to shift your blame on others and shake off the dust of responsibility. But have you realized that doing so only makes you feel guilty within and the chance to grow within slips away. Blame game is certainly a step back, so stop doing so and own the responsibility of your actions. Once you accept the issue, you unlock a new way to resolve the negative aspect.

4. Neglecting Own Health

“It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver.” –Mahatma Gandhi

Consuming junk food and alcohol, smoking and avoiding exercise make mentally and physically exhausted. Moreover, while you neglect your health and focus on phone, social media or other gadgets obsessively, not only are you ruining your productive time but also holding back in life. You need to keep reminding yourself that health is the foremost thing you need every moment.

5. Staying In The Comfort Zone

“A comfort zone is a beautiful place, but nothing ever grows here.”– John Assaraf

Being in a comfort zone seems really good but the same comfort zone stops you from self-realization and real life experiences. Although you find new challenges, you are able to unlock new opportunities for yourself. So get inspired and do not let life hold you back.

6. Comparing Yourself To Others

“The only person you should try to be better than is who you were yesterday.”

One of the most difficult things to do is to stop comparing ourselves with others, especially when the times are competitive and everyone is trying to outrun each other. Jealousy and comparison are natural traits but it becomes a problem when our mental health starts to get affected by it. Moreover, comparison doesn’t let us listen to our inner voice but our actions are driven by the surroundings.

7. Expecting Results Instantly

“Good things take time.”

Does it happen that you do a lot of work and then think that your efforts have just wasted nothing? Well, many times it happens when you expect the results very instantly. Your hard work always finds its fruitfulness, just that you must keep your patience intact. If you are persistent about your efforts, there is no way your results will not display happiness.

8. Being Engulfed By Failure

“If you learn from your defeat, you haven’t really lost.”

Failure means that your risk did not work out this time but it doesn’t mean that it will not work again. No matter how awful you are feeling now, you have to get up and try it again. If you are stuck in the failure zone, you have found another thing that holds you back in life.


Finding what holds you back has nothing to worry but it is something that you must learn from in order to grow yourself better. Apart from this, you must also

  • Remember to apologize for your mistake wherever necessary
  • Be curious about life and question yourself for positivity
  • Avoid waiting for the ‘right’ time because it never arrives
  • Avoid getting distracted from the goals.

And nothing can stop you from achieving your goals in life!


  1. Rashmi Kandhil

    Informative blog, it is true that many things hold all of us back but it is not impossible to surpass them.

  2. Jackie

    I used to seek approval from others all the time before. Never knew that it was what held me back. I loved the points you highlighted in your article. Very well explained too.

  3. Shank

    nice blog!!! the best thing is love to for yourself

  4. Amara Smith

    Seeking Approval From Others is not a good thing. we should learn to live life on our terms and conditions.

  5. CHTN

    I give more weightage to the indecisive nature & being in the comfort zone for too long....nice blog guys

  6. Meredith Grey

    Much needed content... thank you so much author for sharing this More power to you ♥️

  7. mariya jonsan

    One of the best article must read and share it .

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