Our abundance of ideas is often stymied by an equally abundant resistance to implementation. This inertia holds us back, preventing us from realizing our full potential and experiencing the progress we yearn for.
A user asked the forum, “What is holding you back to bring your idea to life?”. Here are the top responses.
“Money. Pretty much the only thing. I know exactly what I’d do if I had it, but I don’t have any.”
“Perfection Paralysis. The idea is easy enough, but I’m so focused on creating the perfect name, perfect website and social media, etc, before I even reach out to potential customers. I keep telling myself I’ll just do it one of these days, but “one day” never comes.”
FEAR AND LACK OF STABILITY
“For many, I find it to be fear and lack of stability. Wish I had a magic potion to help people understand that it takes a lot of time. A lot of risk. Little to no money at first (negative for some). And absolutely zero guarantee that it’ll work. Sounds pretty stupid when I lay it out like this. No course, no coach, no one will be able to guarantee you success with no risk. Sometimes, it takes money; sometimes, it just takes time.
You can make it work with no money if you’re willing to put in the time. And if you don’t have the time but have the money, that works too. Or a combination of BOTH! I’ve done that too. When I first started one of my companies, I remember working a 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. job, coming home, slamming food, and working on my computer until midnight. Then I did it again and again and again. No weekends. No days off. Not a lot of fun. Missed family functions. Lost a lot of friends. But I made a lot of new ones. Made a lot of money. Have a lot more freedom. My true friends and loved ones stuck around.
The world didn’t end. But those first few years were ROUGH. And even now, it’s nowhere easy. Ever. Those social media posts with cars and stacks of cash. None of that was easy. If someone reads this, they just need to know that it CAN BE DONE. People are doing it every day. Just gotta weigh the pros and cons and take the first step. It’s a scary one. Good luck!”
LACK OF DETERMINATION AND PATIENCE
“I think for most people, it’s the determination and patience to sit and work more after working a normal job. It’s tough and doesn’t leave much time for doing anything else, forget friends, family, hobbies, not eating garbage food.”
NO IDEA WHERE TO START
“I would love to start my own business but have no idea where to start. My background: 41 y/o, surgery nurse of 12 years — I am burnt out. I am shy against posting all over social media due to my job as a nurse.
I want time, location, and financial freedom with the ability to be home to watch my kids grow up. I’ve researched several opportunities – including affiliate marketing, selling digital products, etc. I’m lost, but I know it’s time for a change.”
DEPRESSION AND CHRONIC FATIGUE
“Depression, chronic fatigue, laziness, lack of motivation and social life.”
“For me, it’s not the lack of money, but I’m afraid to lose what I have achieved so far.
My family is really poor (picking food from the trash and not having a place to sleep poorly). However, I was able to succeed in life through hard work, and now I’m a high earner; I’m buying a house, have my car, and a nice career. Although you do really hate my career path, it does pay, and I’m terrified of betting all of this to start a business.”
LACK OF SPEED
“The lack of speed to bring it to life and the impression of stupid ideas that I’m fighting in order to just launch them and test.”
THE LOCATION IS BURNED DOWN IN FIRE
“The location I wanted to build my salon at burned down in the fire. I need to wait to see if it will be rebuilt or what will be rebuilt. I suspect the globalists are going to rezone everything and change the entire look of the old Front Street and the adjacent shopping district of Lahaina. So sad, no joke.”
LACK OF KNOWLEDGE
“It’s really about not having the knowledge of how to go about it. How do you find a company to manufacture, companies to supply materials, patenting, and other legal/liability issues just to get, say, 100 units made? Then comes marketing and sales, assuming the units sell, and then comes scaling up the business.
This is a great place to be because I believe this particular idea could be popular, but getting there is like being lost in the woods.”
LACK OF LAND
“Land. All I need is 5 acres, and I’m golden. It’s my biggest hang-up.”
SCARED OF INVESTING MONEY
“Being scared of investing months/years of time, only for it to fail at launch.
For the second one, I can think of a name for it!! It’s driving me insane.”
LACK OF TIME
“Time. When grinding, it takes time to see results, so I guess it’s just time.”
NOT A LEGAL ADULT YET
“Not a legal adult yet. What I want to do involves having to have full control over my financial life and be independent of a minor bank account. I’m 17.”
LACK OF NETWORK
“Lack of a network. I used to think you just had to post your work online, and someone would see you eventually. Turns out, no, most successful businesses begin because they have a built-in customer base from the founder’s functioning network.
I suffer from a debilitating inability to network effectively, so I’m kind of sitting on my website, ready and hesitating to publish because I just feel like, what’s the point? Alas.”
“Myself. I am a chorionic procrastinator. That’s it.”
“ADHD. I have all the opportunities and contacts. I just can’t get myself to take action.”
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