95 percent of people are prevented from living the life they want to live. They’re blocked and held back by ways of thinking that make it hard for them to change. If you could understand the reasons, do you think you’d be able to do something about it? Do you think you’d have a good chance of ensuring that you don’t belong to that 95 percent when it comes time for you to make the crucial decision in life? Good. Here are the 8 primary factors that stop many from living the reality of their dreams.

  1. Habit

We do what we do because of well-ingrained habits. But habits can be changed. It only takes 21 days to instill a new habit; that’s all. Remember, a breakthrough usually follows a breakwith, a breakapart, a breakup, or a breakdown. Sometimes we need one of these things to happen before we can make a break-through in changing a habit.

  1. Tradition

What you’ve always done in the past won’t solve the problems of the future. Past thoughts and actions may have been effective then, but they’ll probably not be effective in meeting the demands of the future. If you want things to change in your life, you have to change. It’s that simple.

  1. Peer Pressure

How many times have you made a decision based on what other people thought? Understand this: If you allow other people to make your decisions, you’ll get the results that 95 percent of the population gets.

  1. Lack of Knowledge

Keep learning every day, because if you think education is expensive, try ignorance. Understand that the stairs just keep going, and you have to continue to learn even though you might believe you understand all there is to learn. There is so much out there that we don’t even know that we don’t know.

  1. Fear

If you allow fear to stop you from striving to live the life you want, you are leading a secondhand life. What I mean by this is that you are consciously making a decision that results in your lifestyle and enjoyment being limited, because you are allowing a negative emotion to control your life. Worry gets you nowhere. And neither does stress.

  1. Apathy

Apathy can be a very strong force in stopping you from changing your reality. To understand apathy, let’s consider what it is that motivates us. There are 3 main motivators: fear, desire and greed. We all desire things, and if we desire them enough, we can become focused on achieving them. To change something in your own life, you don’t need to be totally dissatisfied. You do need vision, some guidance, and most importantly, you need to overcome your resistance to change.

  1. Pride

Pride will hurt us in many different ways. For many, it looks like putting on a mask or trying to save face in hard situations. For example, some people would rather look right than be rich. This can get them into allot of financial trouble trying to keep up an act. Question in yourself – where am I prideful and cover up my true self? 

  1. Identity

How do you see yourself? Do you think of yourself as being rich: an investor, wealthy, smart, and successful? This is most important.

You see, your greatest asset is your mind.

The decision of who you identify yourself as is yours. You might have to change a few things first, like worrying about what other people think about you. But just be clear about the results you want to achieve. How you view yourself shapes all of your decisions.