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What’s Holding You Back?

what’s holding you back?

Have you wondered what life would be like if you just had an extra $100? Or what would happen if you had done something different in the past? I have. Plenty of times. From wishing I had invested in certain companies, to wishing I had quit my job months before I did. My life would have been far more simple if I had done those things sooner. However, that is not what I’m here to talk about. Instead, I want you to ask yourself one very simple question.

We all have that voice in our head that tells us to do something, and that voice is actually louder than the one that prevents us from doing it. As a matter of fact, I have never heard the voice that tells me not to do it, and yet, I still don’t take the necessary actions to accomplish what I want. Mostly.

More or less, that is the whole point of this blog. Not to explain my self, but to make you ask yourself what really motivates your actions. Because, if you pay close attention to those barriers, you’ll notice that it is not just one big barrier that cannot be broken, but rather plenty of small ones that could easily be overcome.

The difference here is perspective. From where you stand, all of those barriers seem to form a rather large wall. However, by taking the time to step a little closer you will notice how simple changes in your life will, in the long term, make the biggest differences. For example, earlier I mentioned a job I wish I had quit long before I actually did. For nearly a year I was waking up wishing I did not have to work. I thought I was trapped in the money trap. In my mind, I believed that no other job would pay me nearly as well, and so I justified staying there. Then, one day I had too much after an argument with my “manager”. That was my breaking point. That was the day I said I would do better. And now, if you know me personally, you know that emotions typically never play roles in my decisions. So to me, to want to find something new because of how I felt that day, was a big deal.

Now, here is the gist of the story. That argument had me so fired up that I told that voice in my head to shut the hell up.  I was gonna look for a new job, and that voice was not gonna hold me back. As soon as I got home, I sat down and started to prepare a new resume, and then sent it to several companies that were paying either the same or more. And long story short, in less than 3 days, I had landed an interview and gotten a better job, with better pay. And yet, for nearly a year, I fell into the comfort zone that I thought I would never be able to escape. A dangerous comfort zone that kept me from improving my life. And now, here I am at Summermoon Coffee, in Austin TX, reflecting on those days and wondering what held me back. And while I still don’t have an answer, I at least now know a very important question; What is holding me back?

This coffee cup inspires me to thrive. Photo by Eddie Rod

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