8 Factors That Could Be Holding You Back

8 Factors That Could Be Holding You Back

Wondering why you aren’t seeing the success that you desire? Feel as though you aren’t moving forward as you had hoped you would?

The fact is, many things can hold you back from reaching your goals. And, only when you realize what it is that’s holding you back will you be able to move forward and see the success that you desire.

Not quite sure what it is for you? Let’s go over a few of the big things that commonly hold people back and how you can resolve them and get on with your progress.


The first issue is simply an issue of time. Do you have enough time in your life to reach the goals you have set for yourself? You need to go in with a realistic approach. Remember, just because you happen to be very busy right now does not necessarily mean that you shouldn’t start a program. All it means is that you need to be more realistic in terms of what goals you should set for yourself.

Make the most of the time you do have. Consult with a personal trainer if you need assistance to figure out the most time-effective way to train that will yield optimal results.

And most importantly, keep in mind you do not need to spend hours each week in the gym to get good results.


How often do you look at other people and wonder why you aren’t where they are? Do you berate yourself after seeing another gym-goer achieve success while you are still not at your goals?

Realize that comparisons are going to get you nowhere. All they will do is cause discouragement and a feeling of not being good enough.

Stop the comparisons with other and focus on yourself. If you are better today than you were yesterday, that’s all that really matters.

Missing The Big Picture

Another big problem for some people is getting held up in the details. Do you often examine the trees while forgetting to see the forest?

Remember that little things such as whether you eat breakfast at 7 am or 8 am won’t matter if your calorie intake is not in line for instance. Focus on the big musts first.
Only once those are in place should you focus elsewhere. Many people get hung up on the little details that they overlook the things that really matter most.

Being Scared

This may seem like an odd one, but simply being scared can be a problem for some. Are you worried about how success will change your life? Are you worried about how others will react to the results that you are seeing?

Being scared of change could be causing you to sabotage your results without even realizing it. If this is the case, until you get past your fear, you’ll likely never get the results that you are going for.

Negative Self-Talk

It’s also important that you take a good look at your own self-talk. What are you saying to yourself on a daily basis? Is it building you up? Or does it tear you down?

Self-talk can happen without you even realizing it, and when it does, it shakes your confidence level.

Pay attention to what you’re saying to yourself over the course of the day. As you do this, start swapping out the negative self-statements with positive ones instead.


Lack of accountability is another problem for many people. One of the best ways around this is simply getting yourself an accountability partner. Find someone who will check in with you from time to time and ensure that you are staying on track as you should be.

Remember, if you don’t stay consistent with your program, you’ll never get results. This could be the very thing that holds you back from the body of your dreams.

Repetition Of The Same Thing

Feel stuck in a rut? You aren’t alone? Another thing that commonly holds people back is repeating the same thing over and over again. Realize that if it didn’t work for you before, chances are, it’s not going to work for you now.

Change is necessary to get results. Don’t do the same thing over and over again yet expect a different outcome. Venture out and try something new – you’ll be happy you did.

Temptation To Take The Easy Route

Finally, the last thing that may hold you back is the temptation to take the easy route. Rather than focusing on building good habits that stick for instance, you may find yourself wanting to jump onto that quick fix diet or use the supplement that promises fast results.

Remember, these rarely lead to long-term success. Focus on building good habits and even though it may be harder upfront, it’s what will help you most over the long run.

So there you have the most common reasons why people don’t succeed. If you notice any of these in your life, it could be what’s holding you back. Make a few adjustments so that you can get back on track to maximum results