9 Things That Can Derail Life Progress

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No one said life would be easy. In fact, that belief “life isn’t fair” is about the first thing that all of us were taught when challenges and obstacles started to appear in our lives.

Unfortunately, it can feel tough to keep moving forward when life feels difficult.

In fact, once we’re older and out in the real world, there are a bunch of things that can stop us from living our best lives. Thankfully, the majority of these are either temporary or can be resolved with a little effort. 

I’m sharing about this topic because I am a bestselling wellness author and I studied to be a yoga and meditation teacher. I share a range of my relaxation techniques in my bestselling online course: The Anxiety Cure.

9 Things That Derail Life Progress

In this post, we’re going to run through some of the things that can stand between you and your full potential. But remember: many people have overcome these issues before, and so can you. 

1. Unemployment

believe beautiful life for yourself no matter years lostYou’ll often hear people complaining about their jobs. However, the truth is that they’d much rather have their work than not have it. Life can become a lot more difficult than it needs to be when you’re out of work.

Aside from the obvious financial difficulties that a person would find themselves in, they can also suffer from a loss of confidence.

Whether we like them or not, work gives us a sense of purpose. And once that sense of purpose is gone, things can unravel quickly. 

2. Substance Abuse

Some people turn to substances such as alcohol or drugs to deal with life’s difficulties. However, while it can seem like it’s helping the situation, at least at first, it’s often making things more challenging.

Rather than dealing with the original issue, they’ve replaced it with a new issue that can be even more problematic. People from all backgrounds can fall into substance abuse issues.

Thankfully, modern drug rehab centers have been shown to be highly effective at helping people overcome their addictions. If you or a loved one is using substances to manage their problems, then it’s recommended to get in touch with a center as soon as possible.

3. Injury and Illness

Whatever you’re feeling, it will pass.We often don’t realize how much of our capability rests in our physical well-being.

If we face an injury or illness, then not only can it be hard to make progress, but it can also be challenging to stay on top of all the things we need to do.

There are things you can do to lower the risk of injury or illness, but it’s not always possible.

The impact of both usually depends on how quickly we act once we realize that we’re not in perfect condition. If we act quickly, then the recovery process can get underway sooner — and the less likely it is that we’ll experience issues.

4. End of a Relationship

They say that the end of a relationship is similar to the grieving process. And that’s something that anyone who has been heartbroken before will surely attest to.

If it’s been a long relationship, then there’s no avoiding the fact that the end essentially means that you have to restart your life.

That’s true whether or not you felt it was the right decision to end things. You’ll have to go through the heartbreak period, during which you probably won’t think of much besides how miserable you are. But once it’s over, you’ll find that you can move forward into something better than what you had before. 

5. World Events

There are people who lived their entire lives not believing that global events could disrupt their lives. And then COVID happened, and then they learned that, yes, what’s happening elsewhere can very much impact your existence. That’s an extreme example, but we see it in other ways all the time.

Problems in one corner of the world can raise prices in others, making life more challenging. In some cases, such as the economy, global problems can make it more difficult to get a job. 

6. Unhealthy Lifestyle

An unhealthy lifestyle won’t have an instantly negative impact on your life. But when it’s multiplied over many years, then it can become problematic.

For instance, someone who eats unhealthy food or is overly sedentary will be likely to be unfit several years down the line. At that point, they’ll find that it’s more difficult for them to do things that they would otherwise be able to do had they been investing in their fitness. Additionally, an unhealthy lifestyle increases the risk of developing illnesses and other conditions that can impact life progress. 

7. Legal Issues

No one expects to find themselves in trouble with the law, but it’s just a fact that it can happen to anyone. When it does, the consequences can be traumatic. Not only may the person have to spend a night in jail, but they’ll also have to go through the ordeal of going to court. And they may have to surrender their freedom and go to prison.

There’s no way to guarantee freedom. But individuals can greatly increase their chances by working with legal professionals from the first moment they find themselves in trouble with the police. 

8. Negative Mindset 

These words are for you if you've lost faith. For the next 21 days, keep telling yourself: "Life is good to me." Over and over and over. Things won't change in an instant - but they can change from the constant. Vow to become a "positive evidence collector." Fan all embers of positivity until sparks become flames, and darkness becomes light.We often don’t realize how much of our worldview is dictated by our mindset.

When you look at people who work on improving their situations, you’ll find that, while the details may change, they all share the same trait: they have a positive outlook on life, and believe that it’s possible that, with work and effort, their tomorrow will be better than their today. 

A negative mindset says the opposite. As the saying goes, “Whether you believe you can or can’t, you are correct.”

9. Confidence Issues

Sometimes, it’s not the mindset that is the issue, but the self-esteem. A person may believe that their future can be brighter, but not believe that they have the tools to make it possible. Low self-esteem tends to stem from childhood, but there are things you can do to help nudge it in the right direction. Getting out into the world (for instance, taking a solo trip), working with a therapist, or doing small things — such as joining a gym, eating well — can all help to improve confidence levels. 

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