What’s stopping you?

Laurence McCahill
The Happy Startup School
2 min readMar 4, 2024


Our brains have been hardwired to protect us from harm.

It’s ancient and evolutionary.

This is why so many people keep their dream career or business firmly tucked away in the ‘one day’ folder.

But we never consider the cost of inaction.

We assume the safest place is where we are now. No matter how uncomfortable it feels.

But whilst the primitive part of us tries to keep us safe, there’a higher part that has learned to dream.

  • A part that can imagine possibilities
  • A part with higher order needs
  • Not just to survive but to self-actualise

Yet when these needs are not met we feel something is missing.

  • We slowly lose energy
  • We get in a negative spiral
  • And eventually lose our mojo

Have you ever wondered how risky it might be to do nothing?

Another year putting your dreams on hold.

Hoping things will be different.
Feeling like the spark isn’t there.
A slow march to burnout or bore out.

So what’s stopping you?

The fear? Yet the fear is not you. It’s there to protect you.

But fear doesn’t have a long term view.

It shows up in different ways:

  • “Now is not the time (it can wait)”
  • “I can’t justify investing in myself”
  • “I’m procrastinating on my ideas”

But what might lie ahead if you said yes?

  • Yes to more freedom and connection
  • Yes to more effortless income
  • Yes to purposeful action

And this action brings clarity.

⏱️ The time you carve out now is sacred time working towards your future.

💰 The money you invest now is a gift to your future self and a stepping stone to the new you.

🌱 The space you give yourself now is an opportunity to play with the seeds of your ideas and safely take action.

So long, Procrastination Island.

It all starts with two simple words.

I commit.

Not wait and hope. But act with courage.

The time is now.

ps. We close the doors on Tribe 9 of Vision 20/20 this Friday.

Your future starts here. And we’re waiting to help you make it happen.




Laurence McCahill
The Happy Startup School

Designer, coach, entrepreneur. Co-founder The Happy Startup School.