5 Things That Hold Us Back and How To Overcome Them

Tracy Edwards
6 min readDec 5, 2020

We all have dreams and goals that we want to accomplish. Whether big or small, they are important to us. Someone may want to be a lawyer while someone else may just want a steady job that pays more than minimum wage. Someone may want to buy their dream house while another person may just want a simple apartment (like me). Regardless of size, these goals have two things in common. First, they are of great significance to the person trying to accomplish them. They are a priority and hold great value in that person’s life. Second, it will take hard work to accomplish them. Anything worth having or doing is never easy. But as we all know some people accomplish their goals and some don’t. It is not because one group is smarter than the other or has some built in inherent advantages. And yes I know there are certain socioeconomic and environmental differences among people, but guess what, that is life. It is not fair and it never will be but we still must live it. So back to the subject at hand, why do some people always reach their goals and some people always come up short? There are a myriad of things but I will point out 5 things that hold us back from reaching our goals. and then I will tell you how to overcome the obstacles and reach your goals.

1. Lack of action. This a big problem for most people, myself included. We have these great ideas and great plans that sound so magnificent at the beginning. We are finally going to lose that weight, buy that dream house or write that book. We get inspired, talk about it and get super excited. Then it comes time to take action and we become frozen. Something always comes up and we can’t start today. Then we create excuse after excuse until we just forget about it and we move on to something else.

2. Lack of a plan. This is crucial for it is the guide and blueprint that will navigate your journey. It can change or fluctuate but you must have one. Without it, you will be wandering aimlessly and become increasingly frustrated. This I know personally for whenever I stall on anything I always ask myself, “What’s your plan?” Your plan is what keeps you on course when there is distraction, disruption or just plain laziness. It is the compass that keeps you moving in the right direction.

3. Excuses. We all have them. If we really don’t want to do something, we can always find an excuse to not do something. I don’t have time, it’s too expensive, it’s too hard, it’s just not for me, I just wasn’t mentally into it, it’s…

Tracy Edwards

Outgoing optimist trying to positively impact the world one word at a time.