Our biggest obstacles are always close to our hearts, they are our excuses. We embrace them because they are easy to believe, soothing, and hard to let go. Excuses temporarily relieve the pain of accountability. The suffering that comes when we choose to be responsible for every aspect of our life is the same hurt that enables us to fulfill our potential, to grow, and to find out what we really are capable of. Without the growing pains, we will never become whole.