Imagine someone regularly tying small weights around your ankles as you try to climb a mountain. Doesn’t sound fair, does it? But that’s exactly what you can do to yourself, a little bit at a time, if you don’t pay attention. When you think of who and what is standing in the way of your dreams, it’s easy to forget your own responsibility. Even the best of us can be guilty of unknowingly hurting our own progress. Procrastination, lateness, being disorganized, pessimism, not being honest with yourself, severe self-criticism, downplaying achievements, focusing only on weaknesses while ignoring strengths, keeping goals a secret, demanding perfection, giving up after a small setback. These are all ways you can make it tough to be and do your best. Smart systems, the right attitude and a promise to keep going no matter what will make a world of difference. Who wants to start the new year by dragging around a lot of extra weight?