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What’s Holding You Back?


So what’s holding you back? What obstacles are preventing you from achieving your highest potential? Do you believe that a combination of external circumstances and or people in your life is to blame? Are you mature enough to realise that regardless of the situation the only person holding you back is you?{{more}}

In order to move forward personally and professionally, each individual must take the time to assess his or her current situation. The majority of this assessment will be an internal examination of your belief system and your thought process around success. If you want to know what’s holding you back, spend a day with your thoughts.

People who are successful do not face less obstacles. They do not all have unlimited resources or even a secret book with all the answers to life’s challenges. What they have is an attitude to succeed, persistence that will wear down resistance, passion that keeps their dreams alive, the ability to work well with all people, vision to keep them on the right path, and a plan to get it all done. Every employee who plans to excel on the job must have the above characteristics.

Are your friends/colleagues holding you back? If you want to know how far you will go in life, take a look at the people you associate with. Do you spend most of your time with people who are dissatisfied with life and are continually complaining? One of the biggest fears in succeeding is losing the friends you have. Sometimes you just need to distance yourself, but that can be hard, especially when you feel indebted to friends who have helped you. Even though they helped you at one point in your life, that person might now be the hindrance to getting to the next level. Are you mature enough to admit that and do something about it?

Sometimes it’s not people or circumstances but our own self-limiting beliefs and our willingness to give away our power that stifles us. You buy into other people’s career dreams and forget about your own and before you know it you begin to believe your goals can wait a while and you become a glorified helper.

Now, let’s ask the question again, what’s holding you back?

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to
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