Arnold "Success" Schwarzenegger

Arnold “Success” Schwarzenegger

There’s an old African saying that goes something like this.

If there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do us no harm.”

The majority of the time we’re our own worst enemy. We sabotage our own efforts.

In this article I’m going to outline three key inward enemies that are halting your progress when it comes to achieving success.

Lets get to it!!

1) Worry

One of the biggest time wasters in life is worry. People tend to worry about stuff that doesn’t even concern them. Why bother worrying about something you have no control over? It’s absurd.

It’s pretty useless, yet powerful at the same time.

How and why? You might be wondering.

Look at it in context. When you break it down, you’ll find worry is useless because it doesn’t in any way, shape or form help you achieve or reach your goal.

You can worry your head all day long, but the fact is, if you don’t take a step and actually do something to reach your goal, you’re never going to achieve it.

I always say,  “If you’ve got time to worry, you aren’t putting all your time into achieving your goal because if you were, you certainly wouldn’t have the time to worry about it.”

On the flip-side, worry is a powerful emotion, only because we give it power. The only power worry has is that which the worrier gives it. The more you worry about something the more you feed the worry.

It’s like a fire. Add more wood to it and slowly the flames grow.

The only solution to combating worry is to get your ass in gear and start physically taking action to get you closer to your goal.

You’ll find when you’re busy doing something, you won’t worry about a thing.

Only an idle mind worries. As the saying goes, “An idle mind is the devil’s workshop.”

2) Fear of failure

This one is pretty obvious but worth repeating.

A person that attempts nothing will never fail at anything. It’s a pretty straightforward principle to grasp.

Obviously that same person will never get anywhere in life, they’ll simply remain where they are as they drift through life.

In many cases people fear failure more than a life of mediocrity.

If you’re afraid of failing, you’ll never take a step towards success. (You don’t need me to tell you the result).

Arnold Schwarzenegger said it best.

“ You can’t always win, but don’t be afraid of making decisions. You can’t be paralyzed by fear of failure or you will never push yourself. You keep pushing because you believe in yourself and in your vision. And you know it is the right thing to do and success will come. Don’t be afraid to fail.” 

3) Fear of success

Sounds strange, I know. Just as you have people that fear failure, you have people that are afraid of success.

You see the more successful you become, the more different you become to others. You become less regular. Less ordinary. People begin to look at you differently. You don’t fit in with everyone else.

To some people the thought of not fitting in and being part of the crowd is unbearable. They want to become successful, yet maintain their level of regularity.

Newsflash: If you want to be hip, cool and be liked by everyone, you don’t deserve success. That’s the harsh reality. There’s no sugarcoating it.

In an ideal, fairy tale world, you would be able to be successful and yet maintain your likeability and ordinariness. But as we all know life isn’t such.

The truth is, as you become successful, you’ll find people start to become jealous of you. Some of the people you once called friends are the ones plotting to stab you in the back.

The point is, if you want to be a success, you’ll have to sacrifice some of your social status. You have to be prepared to lose a few friends here and there. You have to accept the fact that you just won’t fit in with the rest of “ordinary society” Deal with it. You’ll realise you’re better off not being ordinary. (The world ain’t pretty).

Arnold. A true definition of success. Whether you like him or not, there’s no dennying what the man has achieved.


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  1. Great Post.
    Keep up the good work.

  2. Another fantastic article. Really hits the mark.

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