It’s a kind of self sabotage but specific to coveting something. Sort of Sisyphean, but also not. Carrying a burden. Imagine holding a sack of potatoes while trying to escape a dangerous situation but no one needs the potatoes.
(Carry) dead weight
Carry dead weight
To be burdened with a person or thing that holds someone or something else back or prevents progress.
It's clear that the team's quarterback is too far past his prime. They're basically just carrying dead weight at this point.
This legislation serves no purpose and is stalling our negotiations in other more important areas. Let's stop carrying dead weight and just toss it out already.
Farlex Dictionary of Idioms
Someone or something that makes success more difficult.
The Britannica Dictionary
When a space shuttle goes up, those rocket boosters on its sides eventually separate from the shuttle and drop back to earth, so that the shuttle can go into orbit. Just like that spacecraft, sometimes you also have to shed dead weight so you can soar. You're not obligated to carry along everybody you grew up with, or to be with everyone you meet along the way, for an entire lifetime.
Rickey Smiley; Stand by Your Truth (2017)
In pop-psychological contexts, we find references to emotional baggage, "things" people carry around that hold them back, such as memories that bring them pain, goals they chose or perhaps didn't choose for themselves, situations that have caused them stress, fixations, and so forth. Often the baggage is something the person doesn't recognize as an impediment, and either sees as part of their identity, or as something worth holding onto.
Seriously harm oneself, cause one's own ruin or downfall. For example, If Sam pursues that course, he'll be digging his own grave.
Is that close enough?
Mark 8:36 has this adage:
- What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet forfeit his soul?
Matthew Poole [BibleHub] comments:
- there are many things which men value in proportion with their lives, their honour, estates, nay, many value their lusts above their lives ... [but it is the man who] will lose his life [who] shall save it.
... Many of us hold on to things we treasure but which are ultimately detrimental to our wellbeing.