The 3 Influences In Life Which Are Holding You Back

How to identify and expel them

Abdullah Nadeem
2 min readFeb 28, 2021
Photo by Christian Erfurt on Unsplash

“You alone are responsible for the choices you make and actions you take” — Darren Hardy

When trying to shape your life in a certain way or direction, it is essential to take a step back and analyse the certain influences in your life which may be limiting your progress without your attention. This is because those influences may be so far embedded into your lifestyle if would be hard to view from a normal perspective.

In ‘The Compound Effect’, Hardy mentions that for us to sustain a positive trajectory towards our goals, we’ll need to understand and govern these which fall under 3 categories:

  1. Input
  2. Associations
  3. Environment


Our brains are not designed to make us happy, they are designed for survival. Our brain sends impulses to nerves around the body to protect them from damage. Due to this, we have to be very aware of the input we are allowing into our lives.

We will naturally be more attracted to negative news because ou brain wants to be aware of what may damage us. Also, we are pushed towards drama and conflict because we are a curious species. All these types of input are controlling our mindset in the 21st century.

When we become aware of this and start to accept change, we can begin to add value to the information we receive, improve our environment and overall, improve our input.


According to a Havard study, your reference group (the group of people you first talk to with a dilemma / are closest to) determine 95% of your success or failure.

The people we spent our attention with, determine our conversations, thoughts and lifestyle habits. Where you spend your time, is where you spend your life.

“The person you are walking with can determine whether you slow or quicken your pace”


If you want to achieve more you’re going to naturally put yourself in an environment where you're presented with more opportunities. Say you wanted to reach out to more people with your blog. Rather than posting under your name you should try to reach our publication and get more eyes on your work.

Sometimes the environment we put ourselves in a restriction more than a benefit.

Have a great week!




Abdullah Nadeem

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