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What’s Holding You Back?

I woke last night around 2:30am, sort of half awake, but fully conscious that I was not asleep and aware of my thoughts. I tossed and turned but couldn’t fall back asleep. I was thinking about Perform Optimal, and all I could come up with were all of the reasons it wasn’t going to work. My thoughts, although conscious, were also semi-conscious as I drifted in and out of light sleep. I was scared….. too old, who’s going to listen, I’m wasting my time, losing money, I ‘should’…… Normally, when fully Awake I think positive thoughts and I’m excited about moving ahead and yet I am often doing stuff that isn’t critical, finding things that need to be done but aren’t getting the message out. And I am at times frustrated at the lack of movement. I realized this morning that I have deep-seated fear that’s holding me back (and I never really realized it), keeping me from moving forward getting the messages out and serving you. Blog posts, emails, video, interviews, all things that I want to share and that you hopefully are interested in are not first to be done. Procrastination and diversion are the result of fear – fear of failure, fear of success, fear of ….. I don’t really know. But I’m glad I know that what is at the crux of the wheel spinning is fear.

Now I can conquer it! Now that I know what it is, I can use it as a driving force for me to move ahead. Before I knew, I didn’t really know what the obstacle is. Now I know.

I recently read Ryan Holiday’s The Obstacle is The Way. Everyone should read it!

Every great leader, athlete, teacher, artist, human has had obstacles to overcome. In my opinion, that is why they are where they are, got to where they got, because they were able to overcome more than the next person. Fear happens to be probably the most common obstacle and many run away from it or try to suppress it. First you need to recognize it, then accept it, and then and only then can it be fuel for success.

Most of us feel that we are not reaching our full potential. Fear is likely one reason, maybe a big one.

Where are your fears lurking and what are you going to do about them??

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The obstacles they are facing put ours into perspective. I can’t imagine the fear so many are facing with the uncertainty of their future. We all need to reach out to help.

Let me know your thoughts. Just reply to this email…..

All the best,
Mark

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