What holds you back? My guess is that you can probably write a HUGE list of reasons: Your parents, your spouse, your friends, your busyness, your education, your race, your age, your health, your location, your appearance, your smell. But. In all reality, it’s none of those. The reason you aren’t where you want to be, is because you’ve allowed yourself to be held back by yourself. You haven’t “Carpe Diem’d” your life. It’s easy to hold yourself back. It’s easy to blame others. Living in a comfort zone is easy, it’s simple, it’s not challenging, and it doesn’t push you outside your limits. But, are you growing? Are you bettering yourself? Are you becoming the great person you were meant to be? Doubtful. If you find yourself making excuses, then make some goals. But don’t only make goals; give your body a path for success. For each goal you make, give yourself 3 points on how you can achieve it. Envision the bad things that may come up, and write ways or reasons how you can overcome them. If you’re not living to your fullest, and pushing yourself, then no one will ever know the greatness for which you are. Don’t ever forget that you are great. And that there’s a special thing inside of you that no one else possess, there are special gifts and abilities that only YOU have. Allow yourself to be great. Realize that you can be great. Show that you are great, and greatness will be shown, realized and inspired to all you meet. You owe it to yourself to be the best you can be. You don’t owe it to anyone else. Remember that: Greatness is something that is innate and basic to your being. If you don’t push yourself, no one will ever know what amazingness is there.