45 Best Quotes About Self Sabotaging and Self Sabotage

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A thought-provoking collection of self sabotage quotes and quotes about self sabotaging that’ll open your eyes and inspire you to stop sabotaging your life, love, and happiness.

Self sabotage or self sabotaging refers to your behavior, thoughts, and actions that prevent you from being happy, achieving success, and improving and changing your life.

I think it’s safe for me to say that most of us have a bad habit of constantly self sabotaging our lives without actually realizing that we are even doing it in the first place.

Often, one of the reasons why we self sabotage is because of the thought and the belief that we are not worthy of good things, that we are not worthy of happiness, love, and success.

And that we are not enough or good enough to achieve the things that we want so instead of consistently taking action towards our goals, we procrastinate.

But here’s the thing, the more that we allow this habit to rule our lives, the longer we are keeping ourselves, prisoners. We are not only keeping ourselves unhappy but we are also holding ourselves back to growth, success, and unlocking our fullest potential.

It’s time for us to stop getting in the way of living our life to the fullest.

Remind yourself that you are worthy. You deserve to be happy, to be loved, and make your dreams a reality. You are worthy of all the good things that are coming your way, so embrace it and live your life to the fullest.

May these self sabotaging quotes and quotes about self sabotage below inspire you to do just that.

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Self Sabotage Quotes and Sayings

Our biggest enemy is our own self-doubt. We really can achieve extraordinary things in our lives. But we sabotage our greatness because of our fear.

— Robin Sharma

Resistance by definition is self-sabotage.

— Steven Pressfield

Withholding love is a form of self-sabotage, as what we withhold from others, we are withholding from ourselves.

— Marianne Williamson

Sometimes we self-sabotage just when things seem to be going smoothly. Perhaps this is a way to express our fear about whether it is okay for us to have a better life. We are bound to feel anxious as we leave behind old notions of our unworthiness. The challenge is not to be fearless, but to develop strategies of acknowledging our fears and finding out how we can allay them.

— Maureen Brady

No matter how well-meaning your intention, doing too much is not always an act of love but of sabotage.

— Judith Orloff

And maybe the problem was that there wasn’t a problem, and I was just so not used to that, my brain was trying to make one for me. Fuck you, brain.

— Alexis Hall

Nothing will sabotage our happiness and success more thoroughly than the fear that we are not enough.

— Bill Crawford

The only reason I can’t jump in and engage life is that I’ve told myself I can’t. Yet I can’t helping wondering what would happen if I told myself I could?

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

The biggest thing holding you back is almost always… you. Start there.

— Hunter Post

What is required for many of us, paradoxical though it may sound, is the courage to tolerate happiness without self-sabotage.

— Nathaniel Branden

Self-destruction and self-sabotage are often just the start of the self-resurrection process.

— Oli Anderson

Quotes About Self Sabotaging

Chicken exits are self-sabotage. They give you a false explanation for why you don’t have something you want.

— Ali Vincent

Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.

John C. Maxwell

Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn’t happen.

— Alyce Cornyn-Selby

If you don’t believe in yourself, somewhere or another, you sabotage yourself.

— Jason Day

We need to ascend beyond our own petty Resistance, our own negative self-judgment and self-sabotage, our own “I’m not worthy” mindset.

— Steven Pressfield

Do not sabotage your new relationship with your last relationship’s poison.

— Steve Maraboli

Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.

— Alyce Cornyn-Selby

I’m big on setting goals, but I also think that if you have too many lofty ambitions and set goals for everything, you can sabotage your efforts by overextending your brain.

— Jean Chatzky

Self sabotage quotes and quotes about self sabotaging

Like most other creatives, I struggle with self-sabotage, self-doubt, and feeling like an imposter more often than not. I struggle with expressing myself, because it does sometimes feel easier or safer not to.

— Jeff Jarvis

Our inner beliefs trigger failure before it happens. They sabotage lasting change by canceling its possibility. We employ these beliefs as articles of faith to justify our inaction and then wish away the result. I call them belief triggers.

— Marshall Goldsmith

I often wonder if our greatest ambition is to destroy ourselves.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

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Unless we learn to know ourselves, we run the danger of destroying ourselves.

— Ja A. Jahannes

Other people’s views and troubles can be contagious. Don’t sabotage yourself by unwittingly adopting negative, unproductive attitudes through your associations with others.

— Epictetus

It would be a sin to help you destroy yourself.

— Leo Tolstoy

Don’t sabotage your own greatness by succumbing to failure!

— Terry McMillan

Fear can sabotage your everything. It can be such a loud overwhelming voice in your head. Quiet this voice now and live.

— Christine E. Szymanski

It’s the fear of not being as good as you want to be. If you give over to that fear, it will sabotage you. As much as I can, I try to use that fear to guide me.

— Chris Pine

The quickest path to self-destruction is to push away the people you love.

— Cassia Leo

Forgiveness is mental floss! Build the capacity to forgive slowly – start with little unkind acts, otherwise you’ll sabotage yourself. When we forgive, we forgive the actor, not the action.

— Stephen Levine

The status quo leads to self-destruction.

— Emmanuel Macron

Lack of forgiveness causes almost all of our self-sabotaging behavior.

— Mark Victor Hansen

I craft most of my own tragedies without ever having even the remotest understanding that it is I myself who have done the crafting.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Other Quotes About Self Sabotaging

The reason that I can’t find the enemy is that I have yet to look within myself.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

Human beings invent just as many ways to sabotage their lives as to improve them.

— Mark Goulston

No more excuses. No more self-sabotage. No more self-pity. No more comparing yourself to others. Time to step up. Take action right now and start living your life with purpose.

— Anthon St. Maarten

Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed out inner thermostat setting, we will often do something to sabotage ourselves, causing us to drop back into the old, familiar zone where we feel secure.

— Gay Hendricks

Stop standing in your own way. Stop making excuses. Stop talking about why you can’t. Stop sabotaging yourself. Decide which direction you are going in and take action. One decision at a time, one moment at a time.

— Akiroq Brost

A critical key to achieving success lies in your ability to activate your potential to create the results you seek… start by being aware of your self-sabotaging patterns.

— Lauren Mackler

More than anything else, I wanted not to be alone — yet all my actions guaranteed I’d be lonely. Like wearing a vest of explosives when you’re coming in for a hug, insatiable need is a form of sabotage.

— Gina Barreca

I’m doing everything I can to sabotage my career. It’s a little thing called “fear of success”.

— Jon Stewart

Much of your self-esteem doesn’t come from what happens to you on a given day or what somebody says, but what you know about yourself on the inside.

— Dr. Judy Ho

There’s something very romantic about self-destruction and sabotaging your life, and taking a hammer to it.

— Gerard Way

Any excuse that grants me permission to somehow compromise what I am capable of achieving is the ‘worst of me’ undermining the ‘best of me’ in a manner that will never be capable of ‘excusing me.

— Craig D. Lounsbrough

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