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Is Your Fear Of Not Enough Holding You Back?

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​I’m not sure what you think is holding you back from launching your speaking empire. You may have a million excuses. It would take too long to list them all here.

Perhaps you think you need another degree, more money, work fewer hours, or whatever it is. Guess what? I can narrow all the excuses to one word. The word is… FEAR!

The reality is, if you knew for certain you could not fail, you would take the risk. You would step out and launch your speaking, training, and coaching empire.

Now, the big question is what’s driving your fear? I’m willing to bet; your greatest fear is that you are not good enough.

Somehow, you have a sense of inadequacy. Some insecurities are holding you back. Can you identify?

You might think you need more information. You need to read more books; attend more seminars, or enroll in one more online course.

The reality is, you don’t need anything else. You are more than enough. The world doesn’t need more information. What people need is more clarity, encouragement, and tough love.

More importantly, the world needs your authentic self. They want to experience you just the way you are. I’m sure you’ve been through some experiences.

You learned some lessons. You figured out a few things. That’s why I say you are good enough to start.

People are experiencing information overload. Think about it this way:

We are drowning in a sea of information. Yet, we are starving for wisdom and clarity.

We are drowning in a sea of information. Yet, we are starving for wisdom and clarity.

You see, everyone suffers from the not-enough syndrome. You would be stunned to know the people with millions of fans and millions of dollars you admire have the same problem.

They wake up sometimes and feel like frauds or imposters. They don’t feel like they are making a significant difference. That’s without exception.

I heard mega celebrity Dustin Hoffman talking about times when he feels inadequate.

In fact, he said everyone in Hollywood experiences that same emotion. Would you think someone like Oprah Winfrey never feels insecure, right? Well, think again.

Here’s the point I’m trying to make:If you are waiting until you get rid of your insecurity or not-enough fear so you can start making a difference, you will never start.


  1. steve stasczak

    I believe that “not good enough” evolves from either self doubt which can be from lack of experience or many people over think their positions. Sometimes a public speaking class can give you the confidence by “getting your feet wet” with a formal training from some in class experience. In any case some type of pre-exposure to speaking in front of a crowd and the risk to starting a business is necessary.

  2. Venus Wong

    OMG! this is so true!! My inbox is full of emails that distracted me to endless reading and learning hoping to get all the info I can before I create my Program… You are really inspiring! Thank you so much!!

    • Rene Godefroy

      Yes, Venus. Distraction is the number one dream killer in today’s environment. It’s the devil you have to fight daily.

  3. Alicia Tatum

    I really love & appreciate your transparency. I have been so consumed by the distractions life has thrown my way, that my speaking career has been put on the back burner. I had assumed that maybe I needed more webinars or coaches or something before I would be ready. Thank you for offerring your knowledge, positivity and motivation. Be blessed

    • Rene Godefroy

      It’s my absolute pleasure, Alicia. I’m my words resonated with you. Keep pressing on!

  4. John Njahia

    Rene Thanks. Your videos are so powerful with a direct message to take action. Thanks for reminding us that the keys to breakthrough is simplicity. Am writing my book and I can not wait to finish it. Your videos always hit home and they always awaken that part me that is dragging. Am killing the fear and I can feel it die. Thanks I have come far from valley of fear and procrastination due to your videos. Am not turning back now and soon we will celebrate and testify that your inspirational transformatiomal video messages worked. Thanks Rene, you are a blessing to many.

    • Rene Godefroy


      That is so awesome! Thanks for sharing. I’m so happy for you. Keep moving forward even if there’s no tangible evidence. It takes time, effort, and concentration to make the invisible visible.

      In life, we take or don’t take action based on fear or love.

      When you are taking action because your intention is to truly make a difference… to help make this world a better place, you are operating out of love. Your authentic or higher self will join in to give you power over your fears.

      Often times, when we are desperate or take action because we want to get something for ourselves, it’s our fears talking. That’s when the struggles and frustrations begin.

      Giving is a different kind of game. So, shift your focus from what you want to what they want. It’s that simple.

  5. Keeke Kawaii

    You are GOOD ENOUGH to remind us that we are good enough! I honestly swear; from the beginning of wanting to help others hence becoming a Speaker/Author you ARE the ONLY Motivational Speaker in the industry who projects sincerity and honesty when coaching! Most care about the money. You care about people! That’s what makes you so relatable!

    Thanks Rene!!!

  6. Danette Hayes

    Thank you Sir, I always felt like I was not good enough, But I know I would be a good fit to speak to single moms , I needed this today.

    • Rene Godefroy

      Yes Danette,

      You are good enough. You do have something to share with the single moms. The longer you wait to share your message, gifts, and talents, the more others suffer. Don’t let your fear hold you back.

      It’s a fact that you will never connect with everybody. Some people don’t want what you have even for free. If you focus on those people, you will never step out and live your dreams.

  7. Irish Pule

    Thank you Rene, for such a powerful Video.

    Indeed what’s holding me back is believing that “I am not good eough, I am not ready, I have to do more research on my topic, attend more seminars, find a mentor”

    All that

    • Rene Godefroy

      Thanks for sharing. Now you know the truth. Simplicity is what they are looking for. Share with a few simple steps to solve a specific problem.

      • Irish Pule

        If I may ask, how long should a Motivational Speech be in a way that the Audience won’t be exhausted and lose concentration?

        • Rene Godefroy

          Irish, the keynote is usually between 30 to 60 minutes. Your question should be about how to capture and hold the audience’s attention.

          If you are triggering the right emotions, they will never get enough of you. I remember a woman telling me that my presentation was like watching a movie. She didn’t want it to end. And she was mad when it ended.

          If you are just a talking head, they will fall asleep in 10 minutes. You need to do something every 10 minutes or so to snap them out of their current reality.

          You can use your voice, body, humor, multimedia, interaction, etc. As an example, every emotion you want to evoke requires a certain voice tone.

          Let’s say you are sharing something you really believe can make a difference in their lives, you might want to be the sage on the stage.

          That requires a deep and slow convincing voice with pauses between the words. That alone can snap them out of their current reality.

          The key is to keep in mind that the audience members will mentally check out on you if you lose connection.

          Think of it as a dance, you have to keep eye contact and stay in sync with your partner.

          At the end of the day, it’s all about feelings.

  8. Joshua Mitchell

    Thanks Rene! I have always thought I wasn’t good enough. I was always one book, seminar, conference, or mentor away from being ready. God gave me all types of signs, but, I procrastinate. I didn’t see the end result, therefore, I’d think of something EASY to do to for a business. Even that doesn’t work. My spirit, soul, and body wants to speak, preach, teach, and transform the people, with the mind of Christ! This video couldn’t have come at a better time! Thanks, and God bless Rene!

    • Rene Godefroy

      Well said, Joshua!

      Bruce Lee said he is not afraid of the man who practices 1,000 different moves every day. But he is afraid of the man who practices one move 1,000 times a day.

      If you look at businesses that are massively successful, they have what is call their core competencies. They determine just a few things can do consistently to be successful.

      On the other hand, the struggling business is always dabbling with many different things and NEVER really achieve mastery. As Vince Lombardi said, the key is to get brilliant on the basics.

      The highway to success has so many lanes. One must choose one lane and be consistent. Hope that makes sense.

      Thanks for sharing your feedback as well as your willingness to be vulnerable. Just like you, we all feel a sense of not enough. However, we continue to put what we have out there.

      The fact is, someone somewhere craves for our imperfections… Thus we have version 1.0, 2.0, 3.0, 4.0

  9. Khensi Tembe

    Hi Rene,

    I think i have been holding back on m’y préposé in life. After attending à Turing point workshop i find thé bribg that is me, and m’y purpose in life. I have lister n to tour vidéo this morning and tears started to roll on m’y êyes.

    • Rene Godefroy

      Yes Khensi,

      It’s all in you! The tears rolled down your eyes because the authentic you connected with what I said. That’s what we do as speakers and world transformers. We remind others of what they already know.

      We simply say it in a way they have not heard before. And to do that, we use either a story, metaphor, a voice pattern, or a certain emotion. We can do so with one person or 20,000 people in a stadium.


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