Daniella Whyte

3 Ways We Sabotage Ourselves (365 Days of Spirited Living – DAY 164)

3 Ways We Sabotage Ourselves

“If a man does not know to what port he is steering, no wind is favorable to him.”
— Seneca

90% of the goals that could be reached in the world are never reached because the people who are supposed to reach them are too busy sabotaging themselves. They can’t see above the water in the bathtub. So they resort to listless, childish, unproductive behavior that is easy to do (like being lazy) but ultimately gets them nowhere close to where they want to be. It’s like running a race. You see the gold medal dangling in front of you, but instead of running toward it, you take a left detour.

Here are three ways we often sabotage ourselves:

1. You haven’t discovered purpose. What do you want to do with your life that is meaningful and beneficial to others? What is the one thing you can do to make a difference in the world? Answer this question and you will find more direction in your life. Without a purpose, you’ll merely spin your wheels and never do the things you were created to do. When you have purpose, you don’t just go through life, you experience it.

2. You lack focus. You start out strong because you really intend to work your plan. But after forty minutes of work, you take a break. You check Twitter, read Facebook messages, chat with a friend, listen to the latest hot single, and play a game. Before you know it the whole day is over. Guess you’ll start again tomorrow. Nobody cares about your high score on Candy Crush or Angry Birds.

3. You hate work. Most people don’t like work and don’t want to work. They may have a job but it doesn’t seem important to them until they lose it. They do as less work as possible in the least amount of time and don’t take responsibility for failure, and sadly, not even for success. They want to have more — more money, more stocks, more in their 401(k) plans, more time, more paid vacations — but they don’t want to do more work. Newsflash: work which converts to money results in more of what you want.

“The indispensable first step to getting the things you want out of life is this: decide what you want.”
— Ben Stein


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