67 Best Self-sabotaging Quotes


Self-sabotaging is the pattern of your thoughts and behavior that will stop you from taking action and executing your goals and objectives.

You want to get the results and achieve goals but unwillingly, “your thoughts and behaviors” will be the obstacle in your path of success and glory.

Self-sabotaging can be in the form of procrastination, busy being busy, negative self-talk, low self-esteem, blaming other people, love for the comfort zone, and fear of problems.

In this post, I am going to share a list of 67 best Self-sabotaging Quotes that will help you to control your Self-sabotaging thoughts and change your mindset about action and life.

But before this, let me share with you 15 tips on how to overcome self-sabotaging thoughts and behaviors.

15 Tips To Stop Self-sabotaging;

  1. Find and work on your Strengths and make yourself worthy
  2. Face fear and Problems with an attitude of learning and growing
  3. Self-talking and meditation for the inner voice
  4. There is no perfectness and therefore don’t work for perfectionism
  5. Focus o one thing at one time
  6. Make clear goals and planning
  7. Learn to say ‘No’ and don’t work to make everyone happy
  8. Forgive yourself and don’t put too much pressure on yourself
  9. Keep the circle of positive and creative people
  10. Always face the bitter truth and never decide yourself
  11. Never use or look for shortcuts
  12. Write your problems on papers and then make a plan on how to handle
  13. Just focus on your life and don’t ever compare your life to others
  14. Start working on today plans and goals
  15. Accept yourself and work every day to improve yourself

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

67 Best Self-sabotaging Quotes;

  1. “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
  2. “Focus on rewarding and praising yourself instead of degrading and punishing yourself. You’ll get far better results!” Akiroq Brost
  3. “If you don’t believe in yourself, somewhere or another, you sabotage yourself.” Jason Day
  4. “Addiction, self-sabotage, procrastination, laziness, rage, chronic fatigue, and depression are all ways that we withhold our full participation in the program of life we are offered. When the conscious mind cannot find a reason to say no, the unconscious says no in its own way. ” Charles Eisenstein
  5. “Why is it that we don’t worry about a compass until we’re lost in a wilderness of our own making?” Craig D. Lounsbrough
  6. “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
  7. “The biggest thing holding you back is almost always… you. Start there.” Hunter Post
  8. “New Year’s resolutions often fail because toxic emotions and experiences from our past can sabotage us or keep us stuck with the same old thoughts, patterns and regrets.” Debbie Ford
  9. “Art is a war – between ourselves and the forces of self-sabotage that would stop us from doing our work. The artist is a warrior.” Steven Pressfield
  10. “I know that I’m holding myself back. I know that something needs to change and that I need to be
    the one to change it. And I know—I know—that if you’re patient with me, what I find on the other end of it, once the towers have burned down, will
    be you.” Nina LaCour,
  11. “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
  12. “Procrastination is, hands down, our favorite form of self-sabotage.” Alyce Cornyn-Selby
  13. “My goal is to think of nothing when I’m writing a song because too many influences could sabotage a potentially amazing song.” Ricky Martin
  14. “Turning pro is a mindset. If we are struggling with fear, self-sabotage, procrastination, self-doubt, etc., the problem is, we’re thinking like amateurs. Amateurs don’t show up. Amateurs crap out. Amateurs let adversity defeat them. The pro thinks differently. He shows up, he does his work, he keeps on truckin’, no matter what. ” Steven Pressfield
  15. “Be extra careful in the work environment with those who like to maintain their position through charm and being political, rather than getting things done. They are very prone to envying and hating those who work hard and get results. They will slander and sabotage you without any warning.” Robert Greene
  16. “What is required for many of us, paradoxical though it may sound, is the courage to tolerate happiness without self-sabotage.” Nathaniel Branden
  17. “Each of us has an inner thermostat setting that determines how much love, success, and creativity we allow ourselves to enjoy. When we exceed our 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
  18. “The only reason I can’t jump in and engage life is that I’ve told myself I can’t. Yet I can’t help wondering what would happen if I told myself I could?” Craig D. Lounsbrough
  19. “I think that sometimes love gets in the way of itself – you know, love interrupts itself. We want things so much that we sabotage them.” Jack White
  20. “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
  21. “Self-sabotage is when we say we want something and then go about making sure it doesn’t happen.” Alyce Cornyn-Selby
  22. “The ego-mind both professes its desire for love and does everything possible to repel it, or if it gets here anyway, to sabotage it. That is why dealing with issues like control, anger, and neediness is the most important work in preparing ourselves for love.” Marianne Williamson
  23. “Cry wolf often enough and you eventually get eaten by the wolf, even if the wolf is you.” Kris Kidd
  24. “If we had failed to pursue the facts as far as they led, we would have denied the public any knowledge of an unprecedented scheme of political surveillance and sabotage.” Katharine Graham
  25. “I am really fascinated by self-sabotage. I think that there’s not a person I know who doesn’t fall victim to it. It’s essential to the human condition and relatable.” Kit Williamson
  26. “Being self-critical is good; being self-hating is destructive. There’s a very find line there somewhere,  and I walk it carefully.” Daniel Radcliffe
  27. “Sabotage did not involve loss of life, and it offered the best hope for future race relations. Bitterness would be kept to a minimum and, if the policy bore fruit, democratic government could become a reality.” Nelson Mandela
  28. “If I think about it, I am truly a ‘self-made’ man. For in fact I’ve ‘made’ a real mess out of what God ‘made,’ and I ‘made’ that mess all by myself.” Craig D. Lounsbrough
  29. “If you’re not careful, you can fall into a destructive cycle of self-pity.” Victoria Osteen
  30. “We tend to stack ourselves up against everyone else and pick ourselves apart based on what other people are doing. This practice does nothing to make us better” Cara Alwill Leyba
  31. “Self-destruction and self-sabotage are often just the starts of the self-resurrection process.” Oli Anderson
  32. “Worry is just about the worst form of mental activity there is-next to hate, which is deeply self-destructive. Worry is pointless. It is wasted mental energy. It also created bio-chemical reactions which harm the body, producing everything from indigestion to coronary arrest and a multitude of things in between.” Neale Donald Walsch
  33. “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
  34. “Much of your pain is self-chosen.” Khalil Gibran
  35. “The most destructive element in the human mind is fear. Fear creates aggressiveness; aggressiveness engenders hostility; hostility engenders fear, a disastrous circle.” Dorothy Thompson
  36. “Taking a bribe, letting yourself be bought off, accepting flattery in exchange for some sort of loyalty, is sabotage. Refusing to confront an issue because if you keep quiet you’ll get a promotion or be made an elder or keep your job corrupts you down deep.” John Eldredge
  37. “I know that I’m holding myself back. I know that something needs to change, and that I need to be the one to change it. And I know—I know—that if you’re patient with me, what I find on the other end of it, once the towers have burned down, will be you.” Nina LaCour
  38. “Direct lies, small lies, huge lies, and lies of omission… these are all self-serving and sources of self-destruction.” Cathy Burnham Martin
  39. “Self-sabotage is the smartest thing you can do if you’re sabotaging a self that is not really you.” Armand DiMele
  40. “I have a tendency to sabotage relationships; I have a tendency to sabotage everything. Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being afraid. Useless, good-for-nothing thoughts.” Michael Buble
  41. ″ When we are succeeding — that is, when we have overcome our self-doubt and self-sabotage, when we are advancing in our craft and evolving to a higher level.” Steven Pressfield
  42. “Unless we learn to know ourselves, we run the danger of destroying ourselves.”  Ja A. Jahannes
  43. “Ultimately, the biggest fear inside you is that you will be destroyed. You must ask yourself if this fear is rational. In certain situations, you may be faced with losing certain things or people from your life, but will this kill you? Ask yourself, ‘What is the probability of this (name your fear here) actually happening?’ Generally, the unconscious, by denying you what you wish to manifest, is really trying to protect you. It is trying to keep you from being destroyed. The unconscious can sabotage you while all the while it is thinking it is helping you.” Laurence Galian
  44. “Self-conceit may lead to self-destruction.” Aesop
  45. “Mediocrity scares me. 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
  46. “Why is it that we don’t worry about a compass until we’re lost in a wilderness of our own making?” Craig D. Lounsbrough
  47. “Don’t sabotage yourself. There are plenty of other people willing to do that for free.” Jenny Lawson
    “Most of us respond with panic when we get what we want. The moment of victory is often the moment of greatest peril. We let success get to our head and start acting in over-confident ways. This is the beginning of self-destruction.” Mohadesa Najumi
  48. “Many of us are tethered to bodies that sabotage us in our struggle to keep from getting fat, or to slim down when we do.” Robin Marantz Henig
  49.  “Having a low opinion of yourself is not ‘modesty’. It’s self-destruction. Holding your uniqueness in high regard is not ‘egotism’. It’s a necessary precondition to happiness and success.” –Bobbe Sommer
  50. “I was a terrible student. Still, I managed to get into college, but my daydreaming threatened to sabotage me. I used behavior modification to break the cycle. I started by setting an arbitrary time limit on studying: for every 15 minutes of study, I’d allow myself an hour of daydreaming. I set the alarm.” Sandra Cisneros
  51. “The reason that I can’t find the enemy is that I have yet to look within myself.”  Craig D. Lounsbrough
  52. “Sometimes, I am my own worst enemy.” Tim McGraw
  53. “It was very humbling to realize that my worries were there just to make me miserable. It was even more humbling to realize that I was the guy who had his finger firmly pressed on the misery button. It was wonderful, though, to discover that I also had the power to quit pressing the button.” Gay Hendricks
  54. “We all have vulnerabilities that can sidetrack us from reaching our goals. Recognize the times when you’re most likely to give into temptation, and make it harder for a single moment of weakness to sabotage your best efforts.” Amy Morin
  55. “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
  56. “It would be a sin to help you destroy yourself.” Leo Tolstoy
  57. “Quiet that self-sabotaging inner voice that lays blame anywhere besides at the altar of your feet. We are responsible for the quality of our lives.” Toni Sorenson
  58. “Leaders who are kind of insecure or egocentric, they basically sabotage themselves.” John C. Maxwell
  59. “There’s an inherent thing in me where, if things are going too smooth, I’ll sabotage the hell out of them, just to make the music more of a sanctuary.” Daniel Johns
  60. “We are our own devils; we drive ourselves out of our Edens.”  Wolfgang Goethe
  61. “Do not sabotage your new relationship with your last relationship’s poison.” Steve Maraboli
  62. “And I was sure it was the drink that irrigated White’s self-sabotage, for it is the common trait of alcoholics to make plans and promises, to oneself, to others, fervently, sincerely, and in hope of redemption. Promises that are broken, again and again, through fear, through loss of nerve, through any number of things that hide that deep desire, at heart, to obliterate one’s broken self.” Helen Macdonald
  63. “What’s unfortunate is that some people in your life may not wish the absolute worst for you, but they certainly don’t want you to have the best. What’s fortunate is that those people reveal themselves fairly easily.” Daniel V Chappell
  64. “Don’t commit color sabotage by wearing colors that attack and fight against your natural coloring.” Cindy Ann Peterson
  65. “Assume Nothing. Keep your friends close and your enemies closer. Never Forget, Live every day to the fullest. Never take anything for granted!” J.K. Kelly
  66. “Yes, I thought. That is how it life feels too often. Like you’re doing everything you can to survive only to be sabotaged by something beyond your control, maybe even some darker part of yourself.” Emily Henry
  67. “It was a particular sort of Turner weakness: self-sabotaging self-righteousness masked as self-reliance.” Angela Flournoy

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