May 19, 2016

This is the Reason You Aren’t as Successful as You Would Like to Be.


I will live a life of freedom. Financially, mentally and emotionally, I will find liberty.  

I will create the flexibility to live my life the way I choose to design it.

I will reach a magnitude of success that enables me to live life on my own terms.

I’ve always visualized a life full of these three things: freedom, flexibility and success.

Now that I am 22, I find myself wondering why I am not yet seeing these qualities in my own journey. I wondered why my life wasn’t yet aligned with the way it had always looked in my head.

It’s not that I am unhappy with my current situation but there have certainly been numerous times I have felt that I have not yet made the progress I’ve known is necessary for the life I had continuously envisioned.

For the past few years, I have spent a chunk of my time working as a nanny and going to school. While I’ve always enjoyed working with kids, this job hasn’t allowed me the level of financial freedom I know I require. While I knew the amount of money I was earning would not be acceptable for long, I continued to keep doing what I was doing.

Two or three different times in these same few years, I have been presented with a opportunity to release myself to a greater level of financial freedom. Each time I felt encouraged and uplifted, so I dabbled in these opportunities on numerous different occasions.

To my dismay, I ended up back in my routine of working as a nanny, convincing myself that these opportunities just weren’t “right for me.”

Just a few shorts weeks ago, I was presented with a fresh opportunity to, yet again, begin to build a life of freedom on all levels. This one sounded particularly invigorating because it would allow to me to use my own story to inspire others.

Through this business opportunity, I would finally be able to share my vision of traveling the world, writing and doing photography with others, and use this to attract others with a similar desire for their own life journey.

Although it sounded better than anything I had heard of before, I began to feel hesitant and uncertain. I quickly started to talk myself out of it.

Frustrated with my present situation and lack of progression, I kept asking myself the same question: Why was I so quick to run from an opportunity that would certainly lead me in the direction of an existence of ultimate freedom and abundance?

I surely wasn’t afraid of the hard work or the persistence involved, so what was it that I was so frightened of?

As much as I was telling myself I was ready for more money, more freedom and a chance to pursue affluence and self-sufficiency, I was fearful of what my new life would be like.

If I ran with this opportunity and got to point of the utmost triumph, what would I be like as a person?

If I was financially free and victorious, what would my day-to-day life now look like?

My comfortable and relatively uncomplicated life of working as a nanny and going to school would come to an end. My mind felt electrified at the thought of this, but my heart felt petrified.

I came to the realization that I was addicted to the struggle and afraid of the success.

The struggle of a mediocre life is challenging, but it is unquestionably comfortable. It doesn’t take much strength. But what does take strength is to utter the power to redefine the identity of who you are in this world. To push yourself to your absolute limits. And to reach the level of success you known you are capable of.

Since becoming aware of this, I have decided to roll with this new opportunity.

I am devoted to creating the life I have always envisioned for myself. I am committed to designing my life precisely how I want to and to finding success in my endeavors to do so.

With this commitment comes the hope that whoever is reading this at this moment in time will do the same. You will acknowledge your own habitual pattern of comfort and what that means to you. You will let go of the stagnant beliefs causing you enough comfort to stop striving for a greater way of living. You will commit to a uniquely designed life of success.

What does success mean to you? Whatever it is, only you hold the capacity to create it, and only you, the competence to let go of the hesitancy of constructing the life of your dreams.

“Procrastination is the fear of success. People procrastinate because they are afraid of the success that they know will result if they move ahead now. Because success is heavy, carries a responsibility with it, it is much easier to procrastinate and live on the “someday I’ll” philosophy.” ~ Denis Waitley


Author: Natalie Lucci

Editor: Travis May

Images: Flickr/Hartwig HKD

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