What's Holding You Back?

We at Collective Impact are dedicated to serving nonprofit leaders to impact the community, create jobs and leave a legacy. In addition, we help our Leaders of Color overcome

internal and external barriers preventing success by providing educational content and professional services. This week we will examine internal barriers:

With all the challenges we encounter daily, the most impactful are the barriers we set for ourselves.

I pray this blog will make you look internally and honestly at your mindset, and see what, if

anything is holding you back?


  • Have you had an idea for six months now but have not done anything with it? Do you chalk it up to being a perfectionist? You are not a perfectionist; you are scared of judgment and failure?

  • Have you needed to write a grant proposal but never gotten around to it? Or do you keep rewriting it because you do not think it is good enough to submit? That is self-doubt holding you back.

  • Have you leaped to start your nonprofit but are unsure about making it grow? Is the spirit of fear limiting your progress?

We will discuss all these things below and how to overcome them.


Fear of Success


This is very common. The fear of success paralyzes some, is often unconscious, revealing itself in procrastination and otherwise acts of self-sabotage. We wanted to speak to that being successful is overwhelming because you have to be everything to everyone. This is why we incorporate a course in Impact Academy, "Comprehensive Well-Being," taught by the therapist, minister, and mental health advocate, Jasmine Pope. Being a nonprofit leader is a tall order, and stewarding physical, mental, spiritual well-being is imperative. Angelica Miller taught Impact Academy on Time Management to provide practical ways of creating work-life harmony. Again, we wanted to speak to the common fear of success. As long as we acknowledge God in all thy ways, he will direct our paths and make us sensitive to his guidance and wisdom of when to rest and refuel and let go of things not serving us. Yes, the more success you have, the more responsibilities. However, the more freedom you gain, the more options you have to hire others to lighten the load. And most important, remember your Why, to impact people's lives through the nonprofit mission. God wants to bless us so we can be a blessing to others and give him the honor! The remedy to fear of success can be found in the book of Deuteronomy.

Behold, the Lord your God has set the land before you; go up and take possession of it, just as the Lord, the God of your fathers, has spoken to you. Do not fear or be dismayed. Deuteronomy 1:21

Fear of Failure


Everyone has something to say about the social issues plaguing our community, but few have answered the call to solve them. However, YOU DID! That, my friend, speaks volumes! I want to applaud your courage to step out on faith and start a nonprofit. So give yourself some grace. We need to shift our perspective about failure.

Failure is not the opposite of success; it is a component of it. You never started a nonprofit before. Mistakes are going to happen. My prayer for everyone is that we learn to separate what we do from who we are. If your identity is in an outside source, it's harder to handle mistakes. We tend to internalize them rather than learn from them. I promise I had to learn this myself. You can read Letter from Rashaunda to learn all about my mistakes as a nonprofit leader and how I learned from them. Romans 8:28 always comforts me.


All things work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to his will.

Everything you go through is preparing you. So to submit to the process and trust God's timing.


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