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Fear, Attachment, Arrogance, Dogma and Money…HOLDING YOU BACK…

Here are five things that are holding you back in life. Because of these five things we often miss out on a wealth of experiences, dreams and fall short of our (or are they really our) childhood aspirations.

5 things that hold you back in life

If you recognise even one of these things in your own life you need to make a change before it is too late. We all have the power to make a change, even if it is the hardest thing in the world to do.

1. Fear

Fear is the number one thing that will hold you back in life.

People who have a lot of fear never end up achieving their goals in life because they are too afraid of what they might achieve or have to go through to bring about those achievements. Fear.

2. Attachment

The next thing that will hold you back is attachment. This attachment comes in many forms and it is extremely powerful as it is something that humans do very well. The downside, however, is that nothing good ever comes from attachment. It always causes suffering.

Take a look at yourself and see if you are attached to anything and then see whether that attachment is holding you back. You might be fond of your homeland, parents or current lifestyle and that fondness might be stopping you from moving forward. A Buddhist master once said that if you want to be happy you need to leave your homeland as soon as you are able. Attachment.

3. Arrogance

Some of my relatives and a few of my friends are extremely arrogant. They think they have all the answers about life and business and religion. The problem is they are all really unhappy. I believe that if they just took a few minutes to get out of their own way they could begin to discover a lot more in life.

Never assume that you have all the answers. Always ask questions and keep a sense of curiosity. Even the most learned people like Albert Einstein and the Dalai Lama keep a sense of humility because they realize that there is still so much to be learned and discovered. Arrogance.

4. Dogma

Dogma is a very dangerous thing. It is where you become so blinded to a way of thinking that you are closed off to all other possibilities. It is where you accept something as fact without taking the time to really establish whether or not it accurate. And, like all things here today, dogma is holding you back in a big way.

Dogma, especially religious dogma, stops you from finding the real “juice” of the subject. When you are dogmatic about your religion you lose touch of the essence as you are so caught up in defending your own position, even to yourself. Religion, in its truest sense, is supposed to make you more open and spacious, not less. Avoid dogma if you want to grow internally. Dogma

and last but not least…

5. Money

The quest to earn more money holds you back as much as anything does. The journey to be financially free has ruined more people’s chance at happiness than anything else. I honestly wonder how much better life would have been for my parents if they had spent their time learning about satisfaction as opposed to wanting something better. Perhaps their life would have been all the more fulfilling.

Don’t let money hold you back in life. If you find that you are putting work ahead of family, spirituality or other more genuine pursuits in life then you need to make a change. It will be a source of regret in the future.

Most of the time it is your own negative emotions that hold you back in life. The opportunities for happiness and success are out there, you just need to make sure you are willing and able to get them. If anyone has any other thoughts about things that hold us back in life please drop a comment and let us know. Money

I snagged this from one of the RSS feeds to which I subscribe and tweaked it a bit. You know I had to put my “stink” on it.

Why do they say that? “Putting one’s stink on something?”

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