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5 factors that sabotage our potential for success



A man wearing a purple jacket and beige cap stands confidently against an urban backdrop of tall buildings under a clear blue sky. His thoughtful expression suggests contemplation of the factors that sabotage our potential for success, highlighting the importance of mindset and environment in achieving his life goals.

When did you last tell a friend or family member about your most significant personal or professional aspirations? Our conversations often focus on superficial issues. So today, I want to talk about the factors that sabotage our potential for success, both personal and professional.

It is common to talk about the result of the football game, new offers in your favorite store, and family gossip. But how often do we have deep and meaningful conversations that lead us to achieve success in our projects?

To break with fears, overcome obstacles, and pursue our highest aspirations, it is necessary to be aware of these five factors:

    • Fear of dreaming big
    • Laziness
    • Lack of planning and organization
    • Be conformist
    • Make comparisons

Let’s go into detail of the Five factors that sabotage our potential for professional and personal success.

Factors that sabotage our potential for  success professionally and personally

1. Fear of dreaming big and being judged

Factors that sabotage our potential for success: Fear of dreaming big.

We live in a society where we are afraid of being judged. The “what will they say” is a heavy chain that prevents us from dreaming, at least out loud. And those of us who dare do so cautiously, half-dreaming, lest they drive us crazy.

But this is not the best way to live.

What distinguishes us as human beings from all other creatures on earth is our natural ability to imagine, create and execute. What if we put our fears aside and unleash our imaginations, which is what we were given for.

Share with others what your print run is, what you aspire you to become professionally and personally and what ideas do you have to get there.

I tell you that when I finally dared to talk to my friends and loved ones about my aspirations to create this blog to talk about personal development and entrepreneurship, I received all kinds of comments. Some were very positive; others told me that they did not believe it would be successful because most of them do not like to read and do not like to study personal development programs.

What’s your biggest dream?

Don’t let the negative opinions of others put the brakes on your potential for professional and personal success.

It turns out that the audience for this blog is growing by leaps and bounds. But if I had been carried away by the negative comments, I would never have discovered the impact my ideas could have.

“I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.” – Martin Luther King Jr

The most excellent satisfaction doesn’t come from seeing that my dream blog has an audience. Instead, it comes from knowing that my content is helping many people make positive changes and improve their lives.

I remember when I first started, I was unsure if anyone would resonate with my words. But as I began to receive messages from readers who found solace and inspiration in my posts, I realized the true power of sharing my journey.

Unleash your imagination and discover your hidden natural talents!

It is worth it, and you must dream. Success is subjective and lies in the personal growth and satisfaction we feel when executing our ideas, regardless of how good or bad they may seem to others.

2. Laziness

Factors that sabotage our potential for success: Laziness.

Another factor that sabotages our potential for professional and personal success is plain and simple.

    • How many books have not been left out of care?
    • How many marathons have not stopped running due to the laziness of training?
    • What inventions have been left in the air by the lack of desire to put them on paper?
    • How many businesses have not materialized because the entrepreneur did not start?

“People are not lazy. They simply have impotent goals – that is, goals that do not inspire them.” Tonny Robins

Effortless talent is a waste. We all have unique talents. The difference between a successful person and a mediocre person is the effort that the successful person puts into achieving their goals.

Turn off the television, get rid of the laziness and victim mentality and take action.

Making your dreams come true depends only on you.

3. Lack of planning and organization

Factors that sabotage our potential for success: Lack of planning and organization.

Lack of planning and organization is another reason that sabotages our potential for professional and personal success.

Many of us have ideas left, what we need to materialize them is a registration system and a plan to execute them.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” – Pablo Picasso

The first step to being able to execute our ideas is to write them down. Get in the habit of recording your thoughts, either by writing them down in a notebook or an application on your phone. Many of us are brainstormed, but as quickly as they come, they also slip from our minds.

After recording our ideas, we must develop a plan to execute them and measure your results.

For example, instead of saying you want to start a blog and find a thousand excuses for not doing it, take the first step. Research how a blog is published, then write your first article, and finally share it with your friends.

You can measure results through data analysis of blog views or through comments you get from your friends. It will also help you measure results, establish and meet the frequency goals of your publications.

4. Be a conformist

Factors that sabotage our potential for success: Conformity.

“Society demands conformity at the expense of individual liberty. Let us be for once a non conformist to be fully alive.” – Wayne Dyer

Many ideas and aspirations end in oblivion because we are satisfied with conformity. For example, we want to start our own business, but we better stay with “what is safe”.

Instead of putting the effort to start the business of our dreams in our free time, we settle for having a job.

Maybe we are not doing something that we like, we like the boss, or we get bored with our work. But we console ourselves with knowing that we have a secure check every fortnight. Instead of working twice as hard to launch our project, business, or to materialize our ideas, we stand idly by.

It is more comfortable to do nothing than to make the sacrifice of getting up earlier to work on our project. As long as we are resigned to our circumstances and “safe”, we will never take the initiative to discover our maximum professional and personal potential.

5. Torturing ourselves with comparison

Factors that sabotage our potential for success: Comparisons.

Comparison is the silent killer of dreams. When an idea comes to mind, our first thought often is, ‘Surely someone already did it or invented it.’ But what if, instead, we nurtured that idea, believed in its potential, and brought it to life? Just like that, the idea thrives.

“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you pales in comparison to what lies inside of you.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Instead of executing our ideas, we look at those ahead of us. Without knowing the effort behind their success, we compare ourselves to them. We assume their success was handed to them, that their dreams came with instructions for instant results.

But in reality, that is not the case.

Let’s liberate ourselves from the torment of comparisons. Let us break free from the competitive mindset where we define our success by others’ failures. Instead, let’s focus on creating. Imagine the freedom and liberation of being unbound by the shackles of comparison.

When we change our mindset, we stop worrying about what others have and focus on what we can do with our talents.

You can execute your ideas, and you will see the results.


The fear of dreaming big, laziness, lack of planning and organization, conformism, and comparing ourselves to others are the main factors that sabotage our potential for professional and personal success.

Now that you know these factors, resist the temptation to overshadow your ideas, aspirations, and dreams. Instead of keeping them to yourself, share your dreams with friends and family. This act of sharing can be a powerful source of encouragement and support, potentially turning your ideas into reality.

Additionally, seek supportive communities or mentors who can offer guidance and encouragement. This act of seeking support is not a sign of weakness, but a demonstration of your strength and determination. It can empower you and provide the motivation needed to overcome the challenges on your journey toward success.

After all, I have never heard of someone achieving professional or personal success with an idea they never shared. In fact, when I was starting out, I was hesitant to share my ideas. But once I did, I found that people were not only supportive but also offered valuable insights that helped me refine my ideas and achieve success.

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