We often complain about others or "the system" for keeping us down or preventing us from reaching our full potential. The truth is that we are often the largest limiting factor in our lives. It isn't others who keep us from reaching our potential, it is the limits that we place on ourselves that keeps us down. If you fall into the pressures or discouragement put upon you from others, that is your fault and that is your limitation. When we limit what God can do to us and through us, that is our responsibility and no one else's.
Lord, help me to be more courageous and limit myself and limit You less.