What’s Holding You Back?

It doesn’t matter what you can’t do with what you don’t have.


Today’s blog is inspired by my Sister in Christ Erin Lichnovsky. Find her inspiring video here

No great thing has ever been accomplished without teamwork. There’s a difference between a team and a group. A group is merely a collection of people occupying the same space at the same time. A team is a group that has a leader and a goal.

It’s the difference between winning and losing.

As a coach, I’m always looking for leadership. Over the years, I’m getting better at it. What surprises me is that I honestly don’t think I’ve ever met someone who is incapable of being a leader. Yet obviously leaders are a minority.

So what is it that causes a only a few to emerge as leaders?

Wrong question. If you’re looking for leaders, you’re trying to find a needle in a haystack. On the other hand, if you’re trying to develop leaders – they’re everywhere! So here’s the better question:

What is it that holds most people back from becoming leaders?

If we could only find the answer to that question, think of how the world would be different.

I have the answer, but you may not like it. Here’s what holds people back.


I honestly have yet to meet a person that does not have something of value to offer others. They have a lifetime of experiences that are unique to them. They’ve won victories. They’ve suffered defeat and are still standing. They have some unique gift or talent, yet it will never benefit others.


Because they’ve either convinced themselves or allowed others to convince them that something “out there” is holding them back. They have a long list of things that they sincerely believe are holding them back. Here’s some examples:

  • They don’t have enough money
  • They have health issues
  • They were abused as children
  • They’re not as attractive in appearance as they need to be
  • They’re not smart enough
  • Their potty training was bad

I could go on and on. Yet, there is testimony from leaders who suffered from and overcame their adversity. Can’t you see that these are excuses? Even if you truly believe that you don’t have what it takes – you’re wrong! Everybody has something to offer. Something that the world is starving for. It requires ZERO talent! Everybody can be an encouragement to others

But as long as you continue to buy into your excuses, I have no hope for you and I’m sure not going to waste my time trying to help you. I don’t water dead plants.

If you’re truly interested in rising above the hell you’re living through, I’m truly interested in helping. If you’ll quit blaming others and wallowing in self pity – if you’ll show me some smoke, my team will come running with a buckets of gas! I don’t have that much to offer, yet what I do have to offer can transform not only your world, it can change the world – literally.


Before I share the secret (it’s not really a secret at all), indulge me long enough to look at two examples of this profound truth in action, then we’ll wrap it up.


It doesn’t matter what you can’t do with what you don’t have. It’s what you do with what you have makes the difference.

I’m sorry if that was not profound enough for you. Actually, no I’m not. This is nothing new. If you don’t think it is profound, if you don’t think this applies to you, maybe you think I’m the one who’s crazy – perhaps you could believe it only if Jesus Christ himself said it.

He did! Some two thousand years ago, Jesus shared the parable of the talents. It’s found in Matthew 25:14-30. Google it!

The Parable of the Talents

That’s what I think. I’m interested in your thoughts. There’s lots of ways to hit me up so let me hear from you.

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Author: Mark Prasek

Christian Technologist. Find me on Twitter @DataGenesis

2 thoughts on “What’s Holding You Back?”

  1. There is so much great content to digest here. I can’t help but think about my family being my TEAM, and that we have a GOAL, and a PURPOSE for being together. We are not just a group of people living in the same home, but we have a vision and can work together as a team. These insights encourage me to keep building leaders in my own home. Equipping these kids to make an impact in the world. Not doing everything for them, but rather, modeling leading yourself first. Keep it up COACH!! Great work.


  2. I found that what really holds me back, is ‘me’. I learned the hard way that I am my own worst enemy.

    I thank you for your post Coach. I love how you are excellent at keeping things in prospective.


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