Have you ever given much thought to what holds us back from success? The world continues moving on at a faster and faster pace. If we don’t continue in motion ourselves, we can easily begin to fall behind. And yet every day, we see people get caught up in inaction.
I’m convinced that one of the major reasons that holds us back from success is inaction. We’ve all heard that it’s better to try and fail than to never try at all. And yet if we know someone who get caught up in inaction and lets the moment get away. Almost everyone can likely point to an experience in their past where they got caught up in inaction.
Look around the blogosphere and we see blogs failing all the time.
People may be getting discouraged to remain consistent and stop writing. They may be afraid to monetize their blog out of fear of ads driving away traffic. Perhaps the blogger fails to let loose with their own writing style for fear of offending someone. Or they might simply be afraid to get started because they fear they lack the technical skills or writing skills to be successful.
The reality is that none of those fears matters. The one biggest thing that causes inaction is fear.
- People fear many things.
- They might be afraid they won’t be as successful as the next blogger.
- They’re afraid that they might write the wrong thing.
- They’re afraid that they won’t be able to learn something new.
- They’re afraid of embarrassment.
- They’re afraid of failure.
- The list goes on and on.
But the end result of that fear is generally the same. The person becomes frozen in inaction. They become wrapped up in their own doubt and they lose the moment. They are holding themselves back from success.
Sure, there are also many failures waiting out there. But you’ll never know what you’ll find until you take that first step.
I’ve had many failures in my lifetime. I’ve made tons of mistakes, some of them big mistakes. However, when I look back in my life, I generally don’t regret the mistakes that I made where I’ve made a decision and taken some action. I often look back on those mistakes and reflect on what I’ve learned. The things I regret are my inactions.
Long ago, I decided that when I looked back on my life, I didn’t want to look back on a bunch of “what ifs…” I’d rather say I made a decision and whether right or wrong, I acted.
So, if you’ve got a great idea for an awesome niche blog or business. Why not get started with it?
- If you’re not a good writer, take it as an opportunity to improve your writing skills?
- If you’re not a technical person, take it as an opportunity to learn about computers?
- If you’re afraid of embarrassment, take it as an opportunity to learn to laugh at yourself. (Hey, I find that embarrassing stories about yourself can turn into great icebreakers)
- If you’re afraid of failure, tell yourself that failure only makes you a better person.
Take these negatives and find a reason to turn it into a positive. When you are able to turn these negatives into positives, you can break yourself free from those bonds and get yourself in motion.
Don’t look for reasons to hold back from success. Find reasons to move forward.