How to Recognize and Overcome Self-Sabotage

Self-sabotage can take many forms, from procrastination and perfectionism to self-criticism and resistance to change. It can be difficult to recognize, but understanding the origins of sabotage is key to overcoming it. Self-sabotage doesn't always appear in ways that prevent you from achieving your goals. Some people may do everything they can to eliminate the positive things from their lives.

This could include starting more projects than you have time to finish, working on low-priority tasks, or leaving high-priority tasks undone. At its root, self-sabotage is rooted in counterproductive mindsets such as negativity, disorganization, indecision, and negative self-talk. Perfectionism and imposter syndrome are also forms of self-sabotage. Additionally, senseless distractions can prevent you from achieving your goals.

In some cases, self-sabotage can be related to intimacy issues. People with certain experiences may associate intimacy with negative rather than positive experiences, leading to push-and-pull behavior that culminates in the breakdown or avoidance of a relationship. Signs of this type of sabotage include gaslighting, jealousy, control issues, and holding grudges. People who self-sabotage may be aware of their actions.

For example, someone who is overweight and on a diet may knowingly sabotage their efforts by eating an entire box of ice cream. The good news is that it is possible to overcome behaviors that prevent you from achieving your goals in life. To do this, it's important to recognize the patterns of thinking that lead to self-sabotage and work to change them through self-development or therapy. No matter what form your self-sabotage takes, understanding the origins of it is key to overcoming it and achieving your goals.