What’s Stopping You?

Mitch Schneider
March 24, 2021

I may have mentioned this before. If I did, I apologize. But I write backward!

Where most writers start with the content—the body—of what they have to say and then create a title or headline, my writing starts with a central idea—a headline or title—around which I then build a story. That’s what just happened. I was agonizing over not having written in a few days when three words scrolled across the inner surface of my eyelids like the crawl on an evening news show.

The three words were simple enough… “What’s stopping you?”

What’s stopping you from writing? From accomplishing anything on your laundry list of things to do.

It isn’t like we don’t know what to do. Each of us has documented an endless list of things that need to be done. Big things. Little things. Important things. Things that aren’t important at all. So, why isn’t anything getting done?

The two most obvious answers are fear and opportunity.

Realistically, there are two kinds of fear. The fear of failure and the fear of success. Each is more than capable of sapping your energy and sabotaging your efforts. The fear of failure. The paralytic fear of falling short. Of not meeting expectations—yours, or someone else’s. Is the familiar fear of failing to achieve whatever it is you are confronting at that moment in time.

The fear of success. The fear of actually achieving that goal. Is a far more formidable obstacle because it is guaranteed to take you into new and uncharted territory. Places and situations you’ve never been before.

The second most obvious answer is opportunity. The situational reality that makes whatever it is you are contemplating possible. Opportunity reflects a confluence of people, place, and time. Situations that are conducive to success.

Who is Stopping You?

I’ve discovered that allowing yourself to become paralyzed by fear—fear of success or failure—is neither productive nor profitable. And that now is the best time to do anything regardless of the circumstance. That there is no best time or ideal circumstance. And that opportunities are more often created than discovered.

Once you come to terms with what’s stopping you, you’ll be ready to answer the real question. A better question. And that is, who is stopping you!



  1. mitchell fullerton
    March 25, 2021

    Thanks Mitch! I needed this today.

    Reply Reply
    • Mitch Schneider
      March 29, 2021

      I think this just may be something we all need to be reminded of from time to time. Thanks for commenting!

      Reply Reply

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