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The #1 Thing That Keeps You From Reaching Your Goals

I posted this question on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites this week and got a flood of great responses.

Below you'll find a summary of the top reasons that authors (as well as musicians and other creative people) cite for falling short of their goals and not making as much progress as they desire.

Recognize any of them?

  • Lack of time
  • Lack of money
  • Lack of confidence
  • Self-sabotage
  • Not setting goals to begin with
  • Not planning well enough
  • Procrastination
  • Having too many goals
  • Not prioritizing my goals
  • Spreading myself too thin
  • Lame but convenient excuses
  • Popular trends not going my way
  • Not knowing where to start
  • My day job
  • Not putting what I know into action
  • The government and its stupid rules
  • Setting really BIG goals
  • Perfectionism
  • Fear of failure
  • Not knowing how to raise things to the next level
  • Clutter
  • Me, Myself, My own mind
  • Facebook

If I missed something, please add your own obstacles in the Comments section below. Also leave some extra thoughts on what holds you back, along with any tips you have to overcome these hurdles.

I'll post my own ways of conquering these personal demons in future blog posts, and may even turn this into an ebook some day.


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