What’s Holding You Back? – Net Worth Update: $80.8K

What’s Holding You Back?

In this post, I talk about:

  • My relationship with alcohol and how it affects my productivity and ability to achieve my goals
  • How to evaluate your own relationship with the things in your life that could be holding you back whether it’s alcohol or something else that is limiting your potential

From time to time, it’s important to take a step back and re-evaluate the direction of your life. Over the past month or two, I feel like I haven’t made nearly enough progress towards where I want to be in life. I had an opportunity to reflect Sunday afternoon and it led to a question that I’ve asked myself too many times over the past few years. Do I drink too much? It’s seemed that over the past couple years, each time I slip into one of these periods of stagnancy, it’s been related to drinking more than I should. When I think about myself, mostly positive qualities come to mind – ambitious, confident, motivated, and destined for success. But then, I think about my propensity to drink too much (both frequently and in terms of quantity) and I realize why I’ve been so unproductive for the past two months. Even a couple of drinks at night makes the next day so much more difficult from a productivity standpoint. And then when the weekend rolls around, I’ll go out all night and lose my ambition and motivation all day while I just try to survive a hangover. Is that how a 30-year old millionaire would act? Definitely not. And so, I’ve decided it’s time for a change. While it currently feels unrealistic for me to stop drinking entirely, I’m going to take it one step at a time by cutting out alcohol Sunday-Thursday.

This is a large step for me due to the culture that exists in my current career as a management consultant. Since I travel for work Monday-Thursday, it’s generally to be expected that there will be drinking at dinner time. It’s going to be a difficult week or two as my team gets used to me not being the ring leader, but rather the person stepping away from those events or not participating in the “fun” when I am at those events. But I’ve realized that this is my only option for getting back to a healthier, more productive, more ambitious, and ultimately more successful me over the next several months.

Take a moment either tonight or first thing in the morning to lay in bed and think about your biggest goals in life. Have you achieved them? Are you on your way to achieving them? If not, what has held you back the most from achieving your goals? As you’ve learned, the answer for me is unquestionably alcohol. But for you, it could be any number of things – a Netflix addiction, an over-obsession with sports, or even reading too much. These things all seem harmless on the surface, but if you look deeper, could be habits that are keeping you from realizing your true full potential. One thing to make clear – if you are happy with your life the way it is, it’s not up to me or anybody else to tell you to stop doing those things you enjoy doing. Watch 10 seasons of Netflix in a day if you’re happy with all aspects of your life! But, if you want to make a change to improve your life, your habits will have to change too. I don’t mean to preach because I haven’t proved that I can put this action into practice. With this post, I just intend to identify that I realize that this change in behavior is what I need to get back on track and urge you to consider a change in your own life if you can resonate with me.

If you feel there is something that has been holding you back from extreme success, please share or comment on this post. I would really enjoy completing this experiment with you to see if together we can reduce and eventually eliminate the habits that have held us back the most in achieving extreme success.

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