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5 Traps That Are Holding You Back From Success

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The long and winding road to success is a life-long journey. On this path, we have many habits and actions that help move us toward our vision of success.

However, we also have habits and actions that hinder and hurt our chances of reaching the destination that we have in our heart, mind, and soul.

To help you on your journey make sure that these five traps are avoided or at least mitigated:

1Consumer debt

 The more debt payments you have, the more you need a paycheck. The need for more money coming in can keep you running a business you hate or sticking with a job after you have lost your passion. Consumer debt can kill dreams before they even start because the more that you stress about the financial piece, the less creative energy you have to build your dream. Keep consumer debt low or nonexistent to reach success faster.

“When you get in debt you become a slave.” -Andrew Jackson

2. Unhealthy relationships

 Relationships either add to your energy level or rob from you. There is nothing more draining than unhealthy relationships. As Jim Rohn states, “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with.” Make sure that this average serves you well. Be honest about which people you need to distance yourself from or remove from your life to reach success.  

 

3. Lack of boundaries

Worrying about concerns instead of responsibilities will sidetrack your success. Responsibilities are the things that you are responsible for. Concerns are things that may way on you but are not up to you. Without boundaries, you will spend much of your time and energy on things that are not up to you. Return to a life of proper boundaries and success while be much more attainable.

 

4. Poor health

Improper health steals your confidence, robs your energy, and shortens your life. It can be tempting not to prioritize health but in doing so, you are making everything harder. Poor health can be changed but the longer you don’t prioritize your health the more negative consequences will happen. Keep health as your focus to help you mentally and physically on your way to a life of success in all areas.

“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” – Buddha

5. Doubt

Doubt kills so much of our success and whispers into our ears to not even start. You can end up wasting so much time worrying about your doubts that you never reach for the stars. Frozen in fear is what makes doubt so negative it puts you in inaction sitting on the sidelines and out of the game. Some level of doubt will always be there, but you must get in the habit of moving in spite of how you feel. Move to silence doubt and achieve success for you.

The journey of success will not come easy, but it can be easier if you work at removing or reducing these five success robbing traps. Focused energy in time will lead to a life that you could never have pictured.

What habits or traps have you had to change to reach your success?

Zechariah Newman builds businesses, runs marathons, and lives life with my wonderful family in southern Oregon. You can see my writing in places like Entrepreneur Magazine, Fast Company, Mind Body Green, and the Good Men Project. My goal is to help you build your business while keeping a balanced and fulfilled life. You can visit his website: zechariahnewman.com and follow him on his Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ZechariahNewman

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  1. Evan

    Mar 21, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Zechariah,

    Thanks for this article, here, I think the most important on this list is the doubt. If you study any majorly successful person, it takes so long to really become a massive figure that many cannot visualize and stay consistent for long.

    Debt and doubt are two crippling blocks that will not allow you to move forward, great points. Keep up the posts!

    – Evan

  2. onyeani okoro

    Mar 5, 2016 at 7:47 am

    These are life changing and inspiring tips to a successful life.

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