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There isn’t anything you need to do to be successful that you can’t do something about right now. There isn’t anything truly holding you back from getting to where you want to be and being the person you want to be.

It’s easy to play the “if only” game and dream about what you would do if things were different. The truth is that you already have everything you need to be successful. What you don’t like, you can change. What doesn’t exist, you can build. What still needs to flourish, you can nurture. It’s all possible. You just have to decide that you want to do it.

Don’t have enough money? Work harder. Don’t have enough knowledge? Learn more. Don’t have the right relationships? Earn them. Don’t have the right skills? Develop them. Don’t have enough time? Ask for help.

It’s easy to let negative thinking cripple your ability to move past obstacles. Without being deliberate about staying motivated, you’ll let all the small annoying problems you encounter each day build up into a scary world of self-doubt, helplessness and insecurity. But you can change anything and everything about the world around you.

No matter what you’ve been through or how hard things are for you right now, you are the master of your future. Right now, you can make any changes you want: difficult ones, small ones, important ones. You can fix what you think is broken. Is your dream falling apart? Get out the duct tape and put the pieces back together.

There is nothing stopping you from doing that right now—nothing. You alone control what your future will look like. Everything you want to do and everything you need to do, you can do. You just have to decide whether or not you’re going to do something about it.

Stop making excuses, and go be awesome.

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Dan Waldschmidt is an international business strategist, speaker and author.  He is author of the soon-to-be-released Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success. For more information, go to


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