The One Thing That Is Holding You Back

Kyle Reed // @kylereed

a conversation between a man and a mirror

“You are just not getting it…how do you not see that I want to accomplish everything I set my mind to? Why do you always doubt me? Why do you always say it can’t be done? Why do you stand there with a smirk on your face as I continue to struggle along? Answer me…” I said to the man looking at me. “What have you ever done with yourself?” Still no response.
“How many times am I going to have to have this conversation with you?” said the man. “The solution is right in front of you. It is staring you dead in the eyes.”
“Staring me in the eyes?” I said in a quiet questioning voice. “I sure don’t see it.”
The man fire back, “You ever think you are the very reason why you are not accomplishing anything?”


It is easy to look at circumstances, others, or the world as to why we are not accomplishing what we want to accomplish. The externals factors are always a great place to look into why we are being held back.
But sometimes the greatest barrier that is separating you from accomplishing anything at all is yourself.

Try to get out of the way today


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Kyle Reed

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I create websites, conversations, and ideas. Advocate for the 20 somethings. Looking to connect everyone to a mentor. Married to my best friend, Ginny. I like my coffee black and my dog Jack. I currently live in Nashville and work at Sony Music/Provident in Nashville
  • Chris Cornwell

    It’s so easy to place blame on others. That doesn’t hurt me. My pride however. Such a paradox in itself. My pride doesn’t allow me to hurt me. Looking at the actual problem hurts. I’m gonna try and get out of the way today.

  • Darrell Vesterfelt

    Boom — roasted.

    Challenge accepted.

  • Jason Vana

    Yes! Great post, and great challenge, Kyle!