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10 Ways You Are Your Own Worst Enemy – and What To Do About It



This may sound cliche, but in many ways, humans are their own worst enemies. This may come as a bit of a shock and I hope it does. But you are more powerful than you possibly realize and your potential is limited by only one factor: you.

Do you know how much power you actually possess?  Do you know that literally everything in your life is the product of your choices, your outlook, your attitude, your behavior?  How does that make you feel? I invite you to look at that notion with a sense of excitement, freedom, and relief!

In my own experience, it’s as though I have been in denial of my power. It’s like I fear it or don’t understand it. I spent a lot of time literally frozen in a state of overwhelm and as the moments of my life ticked by, I was in fact, my own worst enemy – my only enemy, really.

I found myself stuck in cycles that brought me disease, yet felt unclear on how to make change. I hated my career, had vices I wasn’t proud of, and was 70 pounds overweight.  Then, when life struck – as it seems to do – I was met with an event that brought about unspeakable grief, trauma, and shock.

I realized my old ways of denying this power and ultimately denying the lifestyle I really longed for, had to stop.

Today, as a Mystical Nutritionist, I see clients struggling in so many of the ways I did. Through their experiences and my own, I offer you these 10 points to meditate upon to bring about nourishment for your whole being. Who knows, the catalyst for igniting the transformation you seek could be right NOW, if you let it.

For the only way to break through your chains is to first realize that you are your own worst enemy. Here are 10 ways you are sabotaging your vitality and purpose – and what to do about it:

1. Harsh Judgement and Criticism

This one is just a complete and total killer. Others may be judging or criticizing you – but NOT as bad as what you do to yourself. So the next time the negative tape starts to play, simply take a deep breath and change the track. If your worst enemy is yourself when it comes to judging or criticizing, choose to listen to something else.

2. Excuses

“I can’t do this because I’m too ____.” “I would do that, but _____.”

Sound familiar?  There’s often a need that’s not being met and excuses are the product of fear. What’s the actual need? On the other side of these excuses is your freedom. Identify the common excuses or reasons you keep telling yourself out of fear. Understand that fear is normal – but you need to move forward. After all, you’ll never know unless you actually try.

3. Scarcity and Lack

This can show up in many ways from undervaluing your offerings to not investing in yourself. This can also be a feeling or sense of inadequacy because you think you’re not being or doing enough. This one’s insidious. Pay close attention to how this may show up in your life in its many forms.

Remember: you can choose to build new habits and tear old ones. You can be better. But being yourself is just enough.

4. Selling Yourself Short

Do you have passions, wisdom, and expertise to share with people but you’re holding yourself back because of insecurities, doubt, or even shame? STOP it. You are your own worst enemy whenever you sell yourself short.

People NEED you and they need you in your authenticity and boldness. You give others permission to shine and be a human when you let yourself do it first.

5. Unclear Boundaries

How many times have you said “yes” to something when your gut was screaming at you to say “no”? Boundaries are essential to our success in every way. By honoring our various boundaries, we are honoring our purpose and our path. Every “no” is a “yes” to something more nourishing! Practice mastering when to say NO.

6. Mindlessness

Fallen into a rut and a routine? Shake it up. This is YOUR life and it’s happening now!  Succumbing to mindlessness and autopilot mode is not the way to fulfill your dreams.

Meditation has been an essential part of my journey. It doesn’t have to be the commonly thought of type of meditation, either! Decide that for the next 5 minutes, everything you do will be with a connection to your breath, body, and your senses. Shift your awareness back anytime you catch yourself wandering and watch the benefits unfold.

7. Not Being Intentional

Similar to living mindlessly, NOT setting clear intentions for your endeavors is a way to hold yourself back and becoming your own worst enemy.

What are you doing and why?  And most importantly, how do you want to feel while you are doing it? Before beginning your daily tasks, ask yourself these questions. If there isn’t a clear answer for one or more, perhaps you need to re-evaluate that item’s place on your list and refer to tip number five.

8. Outdated Beliefs

We all have deeply held beliefs that were either intentionally or unintentionally ingrained in us from a young age. “Women don’t do that.”  “I’m supposed to go to college, get a desk job, and retire.”  Whatever it may be, check and see if these are actually YOUR beliefs and what place they have in your current life. Release outdated beliefs, which are not supporting your vision. You can then be free to create new ones.

9. Unsupportive Tribe

We choose the people we surround ourselves with. It’s not surprising that they can have a huge influence over our success, our beliefs, our feelings, and even our internal stories. There are two clichés that I love:

“Go where you’re celebrated, not where you’re tolerated”

“If you’re the smartest person in the room, it’s time to find a new room.”

Surround yourself with like-minded people whose lifestyles are similar to the one you desire. Folks who are dedicated to following their purpose, who walk their talk, and who will not cosign your BS. You are your own worst enemy when you let unsupportive people dictate what’s best for you.

10. Repeating Negative Cycles

Repeating anything that isn’t propelling you into the next phase of evolution on your path is not only a choice, it’s also the definition of insanity! Go back and determine which negative aspects of your life keep repating themselves. Only then can you know WHAT is causing it, and WHAT you can do to make things better.

Humans ARE their own worst enemies. But if you courageously check yourself daily and begin to free yourself from the shackles of any of these personal issues, then you can slowly begin to grow. The second you realize you can always DO something about a bad situation, it’s when the magic happens – because that’s the time you can truly grow into the person you deserve to become.

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3 small steps that could make the biggest impact on your life



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“The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.”Lao Tzu

Every day that passes by, there is someone who is living a life that does not fuel their passion or purpose. Each moment feels like they are just existing or living life by accident. This could be due to fear of change, or limiting beliefs within them that say “you’re not worthy” or “I don’t deserve to be successful”.

It could be a number of things. Believe it or not, I used to be this person. I was stuck in a 9-5 job, in a 7-year relationship that was emotionally draining, and I was 75 lbs. overweight.

Then came that ONE day that would forever change my life. I remember it as if it were yesterday. I looked at myself in the mirror and saw what I had become. I didn’t recognize myself. I immediately burst into tears. This was NOT the life I wanted to live. I had neglected the most important person in my world: ME. 

It was then that I had to make an important choice. I decided to take the first step towards creating the life I would often dream about. That very next day, I promised myself that I would do just one thing that made me feel more connected to the goals I wanted to accomplish.

Not two or three. Just one. It didn’t matter how small it was. The point was it was a small step in the RIGHT direction. This has led me to the level of success that I am at today.

Here are three small steps that will help you make that same important decision and transform your life.


3 Small Steps That Could Make a Big Impact In Your Life

1.) Have a heart to heart with yourself.

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Take time to get away from people, places, or things, and just spend some time with yourself. In order to truly make any step towards the success you desire, you must have a great sense of self-awareness.

What is it that you want to accomplish and why? What truly makes you happy? What are you passionate about? How will accomplishing this change your life? How would it make you feel?

Be completely honest with yourself, your thoughts, and your intentions. Having these questions in front of you will keep you from going around in circles. They will give you more clarity and vision that should help you determine which small steps you need to take.

As a result, instead of being frustrated or reluctant to leave your comfort zone, you will be more confident now that you have a plan in place.


2.) Do ONE thing everyday that is connected to your goals.

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Always remember that you don’t have to always make massive amounts of progress at one time. The important thing is that you are continuously moving in the right direction. After all, Rome wasn’t built in a day. It took consistent daily, focused action. Over time, it became one of the most celebrated cities on the planet.

We live in a world that is bombarded with messages of instant gratification. But the truth is, any level of success is the result of a daily routine of the right things done for a certain period of time. That time can vary from days, weeks, months, or even years.

However, throughout the journey, you can see that you are moving closer and closer towards your ultimate goals. Do not underestimate the power of small steps. You will find yourself accomplishing things you never thought possible (and sooner than you anticipated).


3.) Do not measure your level of success by comparing yourself to others.

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Success means something different for everyone. You must not become fixated on what media or entertainment portrays as successful. A fulfilling life is more than material possessions. Understand that you can only live the greatest life possible when you have defined what success is to you.

As you begin taking small steps and making progress, focus only on what your desired goals are. Don’t allow yourself to be distracted by what others are saying, doing, or what they believe success should look like. Too often, we get caught up in what society, current trends, and what the masses portray as “I’ve made it”.

This is your life. Only YOU can determine what accomplishment, achievement, and true success means to you. In fact, one of the reasons why you may be in the position you are in is because you designed your life based on the thoughts and opinions of others. This was my case years ago.



You deserve to be great. You have greatness within you. Sometimes, that can be clouded by limiting beliefs, adversity, or just the many circumstances in life. Think about everything that has happened in your life right up until the point you are reading this article.

I want you to know that everything that happened before NO LONGER MATTERS. What matters now is that today, you have the knowledge of who you are and where you want to go. The ability to change your life is within your grasp and your power.

Today, you have the chance to begin a journey that leads to some amazing and incredible years ahead. The best part about it is that you only need to take small steps in the right direction. So take action now – your dreams are waiting for you!

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Couple Entrepreneurs: How to Make It Happen With Your Partner



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Have you always dreamed of having success as an entrepreneur? Thoughts of working for yourself, doing things you’re passionate about, and not worrying about working for someone else may linger in your mind most of the time. If you’re married, there is a chance that your partner has some of the same goals, and that means the two of you could eventually become a pair of successful entrepreneurs who motivate one another, continually work hard, and reach all kinds of goals that will get you both further in life.


How to Make It Work


Although you may like the idea of becoming a successful entrepreneur while your partner does the same, it’s not uncommon to have some concerns about the situation. You may worry that you’re both going to take on too much and not have enough time for one another, but that isn’t always the case. It’s all about prioritizing work, setting a schedule, and being there to support one another through the ups and downs that will eventually occur.


Before working together to achieve goals, sit down and have a full conversation about the goals you’d like to achieve and the role you’ll each take on. Both of you will need to come to an agreement to keep work and the relationship separately while being respectful to one another. You can’t expect to have success with your partner if neither of you are respecting one another or collectively sharing ideas. You’ll need to focus on communication and compromising at times to make things work on a long-term basis.


Prime Examples of Successful Entrepreneur Couples


If you’re in need of motivation and encouragement because you’re not sure how to get your start in a specific industry with your partner, it may be best for you to learn a bit more about some of the successful entrepreneur couples out there. These couples work hard to achieve their goals and they support one another in various business ventures. They put forth the effort that is required of them to consistently achieve their goals.


Chris Sacca is a successful billionaire who once was fired from a job as a lawyer and then moved on to Google where had more opportunities to learn, invest, and become the success he is today. He is now the owner of a successful venture capital fund, known as Lowercase Capital. Although he’s had much success in his career, Chris Sacca’s wife, Crystal English Sacca, is a successful entrepreneur in her own right. She’s spent most of her career creating compelling and engaging commercials as well as digital advertisements for various companies. She’s worked for several of the most popular brands, including Sprint and HBO. In addition to these accomplishments, she works as an art director. While these two individuals aren’t doing the same things, they’re a married couple supporting one another while they each work hard to achieve their own personal goals.


In addition to Chris Sacca and his wife, Stewart and Lynda Resnick are another good example of a successful entrepreneur power couple. They currently have a net worth of 3.9 billion dollars. So, what is it that they’re selling? There is a good chance you’ve consumed at least one of the many products they own and distribute, such as Fiji Water or Halos oranges. The pair met when Lynda started her own ad agency and was assisting Stewart with a project for the business he was running at that time. Over time, they started working collectively together to invest and sell assorted products to the public, many of which are naturally good for human consumption.


Do What You Love and Respect One Another


There are plenty of entrepreneur couples out there. Some are just getting started while others have been in business for decades and continue to achieve a high level of success. Although you may be focused on figuring out your passion and what you want to do to get further in life while making a decent income, it’s important to understand that it’s possible for you to achieve the same level of success as some of these people who are earning millions of dollars each year. Most people don’t become a success overnight but figuring out what you want to do and how you’re going to make it happen is a great way to get started.


In addition to figuring out what you’d love to do for the rest of your life, you’ll need to remember to always respect your partner throughout the process. The thing about these successful couples is that they’re willing to provide support and guidance, they know how to communicate, and they believe in one another. If you don’t have respect, trust, and support in the relationship, it’s going to be difficult to have success as entrepreneurs together.


If you’ve always dreamed of running your own business with your partner by your side, it’s not a dream that is too farfetched. In fact, there are lots of successful couples that are working hard, reaching goals, and living the life they’ve always dreamed of having.

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