How Your Self-Imposed Barriers May Be Limiting Your Potential

“Life is a lively process of becoming. If you haven’t added to your interests during the past year; if you are thinking the same thoughts, relating the same personal experiences, having the same predictable reactions – rigor mortis of the personality has set in.” – Douglas MacArthur


What are the self-imposed barriers that keep you from reaching your full potential? If you were to mark a thermometer 0 to 100 where would you mark your current level in terms of your full potential?

The failure avoidance approached to life leads to repetitious behaviour, which is doing the same thing personally and professionally day-in and day-out, which is to say, you live your life repeating yesterday.


This is a common approach for the herd, if you have the herd mentality. Repeating yesterday, is a way for us to cling to the familiar.  This is something the herd would.  The herd is happy to get from cradle to grave without experiencing anything really bad or really good. They are content to be the average Joe, or the average Jane.

Imagine a stagnate pool of water, that’s what a failure avoidance strategy to life looks like. And who wants that, right?

Elbert Hubbard, the 19th century thinker, said it best when he said: Stagnation is evident when the past seems bigger and more important than the future.

If you’re day is basically a carbon-copy of yesterday, then you are in danger of stagnation. Time is probably an argument for not bringing fresh, new thinking to each day…habits are easily executable and require little to no thought which means we can rush headlong into busy-ness. But if you find yourself peddling harder and faster and still not getting anywhere, then you are in motion but not in direction…if you don’t know where you are headed, you will be making good time to nowhere. Think treadmill.

If today you find yourself repeating yesterday, maybe it’s time for a change, a change of habits, a change of thought patterns, a change of routines.

Ask yourself “Am I in direction right now or just in motion?”