Every reason can be a catalyst or an excuse. It depends on how it is used. We have obstacles that can get in our way or they can help us become creative. We judge our own ability and self-worth and that can help us improve and can cause us to quit. We compare ourselves to others, and this can lower our self-esteem or can drive us to learn and grow. We sometimes predict the future and if we predict something negative we just stop trying, or we can predict a positive outcome and watch our world improve.