The 3 Villains That Will Try to Stop You

Have you ever felt like “someone” or “something” was working against you? Well, you're right!

In this episode, I'll show you the 3 very real villains that WILL try to stop you from achieving all the good you were put on this planet to do. And I'll even share tactics for defeating these villains…

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[reminder]Have your ever faced one of these villains? What happened?[/reminder]

Ray Edwards is a world-renowned copywriter and communications strategist, writing for some of the most powerful voices in leadership and business including New York Times bestselling authors Jack Canfield and Mark Victor Hansen (Chicken Soup for the Soul) and Tony Robbins. Ray is a sought-after speaker and author, hosts a popular weekly podcast, and blogs at

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  • Jay Provonsha

    Thanks for this lesson. Awesome stuff. Have been experiencing most of it.

    • Good stuff, as always, Ray. Thank you for following the principle you advocate, which is, to put value into the world. We appreciate it!

  • Denise B. O.

    Thank you. I found this video very helpful and intend to apply it. Especially, in the area if resistance, I will be able to identify those things that side tracked me and refocus to resist the resistance. God bless you!

  • Frances

    Very helpful. Thank you.

  • Number #3, your success set point, really spoke to me. That explains why I’ve seen many people sabotage their own success. I guess I’m included in that group, too. But realizing it exists is the first step to defeating it. Thanks again, Ray.

  • Thank you Ray. Love hearing your wisdom, you are so inspirational and a real motivation on good days and not so good days!
    God Bless

  • Just a heads up. I love to learn from the have. And as a travel warrior there are many times I can’t glee your wisdom when you out it just on video because I am on a plane or in an airport terminal or red carpet room. I have to pull out my head sets and it just is not effective or productive. So if you could put the .pdf of your video or podcast then us travel warriors could learn fasterling and better and you probably would get better conversions.

    • Ari

      I second that. Transcripts go a long way to including everyone.

      • Ari

        I WAS in a situation where I could view the video today, though, and thank you for making it. It gave me some things to ponder.

  • SRW

    Thank you for this, Ray. As I sit here waiting for a tow truck to get me off the highway in my last vehicle, I wonder how and why I face failure so often. I have gotten very good over the years at resisting the resistance. I think abundantly and tithe. I have high expectations for my new business, my future income, etc. But I sit here completely discouraged, crying and wondering what to do next. I am apologizing to my Father for my tears and for having so little faith – for being envious of people who seem to have so many resources available to them. I feel cursed instead of blessed at the age of 57 after working to achieve a measure of financial security for many years. I am highly analytical, strategic and responsible. I have made mistakes, but have learned from them. I just cannot figure out where the opposition is. I fight the thoughts that say I will never have the success I work and pray for. Thank you for your work and the words of encouragement and hope.

  • Stephanie

    AMEN, AMEN, AMEN. I agree wholeheartedly with what you’ve shared. I’m dealing with resistance now in having the funds to move forth in opening my independent real estate brokerage. My scarcity thinking is something God revealed to me some time ago, unfortunately I tend to fall back into it too frequently. My wealth thermostate is too low. I keep telling myself I don’t need much, I don’t want much. Which does cause a hinderance. I know better and I play into these villians. I know this info will help others who have no idea of what or why things are not going the way they desire. Thank you

  • Thanks Ray…I’ve sensed these three villians were there. Now, they are visible and I have new tools to fight them!

  • Paulo

    Thank you. Very useful instructions.

  • Debbie Swain


    You are such a blessing! Thank you for such good solid teaching and for standing up for your strong Christian beliefs! Your recent radio broadcast and talk with John Nemo was awesome. Keep up the wonderful work, my brother! God’s richest blessings on you and your ministry.

  • Ray, I think you’ve managed to cover three essential danger zones of productivity. I know one or all get to me from time to time and the most important thing is to be conscious that they’ll keep coming back.

    I’m also frequently vexed by some of my “high productivity” coaching clients who fall victim to these villains more often than you would think.

    Great piece. Thank you

  • I found your thoughts very useful and refreshing. Thanks a lot.

  • Matt

    Whoa. Tying tithing with abundance-thinking. That was brilliant. (I originally wrote “unexpected and brilliant” but then you’d think I wasn’t expecting you to be brilliant!) Great shout-out to T Harv, that book changed everything for me years ago. Thanks for the huge insights to kick off the weekend Ray!

  • Nicole

    Thanks I needed to hear this. I can see more easily where I am tripping up and that is the first step to finding better footing:).

  • Ray, you handle very well sharing knowledge that most likely has ethical roots since all real solutions are ethical in nature. Needless to say I enjoyed your video.

  • Steve Willoughby

    I have no idea what you’re talking about. (Seriously, spot on! Thanks)

  • Awesome Truth Ray! Thank You and Blessings!

  • TJ Jackson

    Thank you for sharing this, Ray! God always amazes me with His perfect timing. Today (or rather yesterday now) God used your video to minister to me in my business situation. Primarily in the success set point issue, but also in the resistance area.
    To make the story as short as possible, I’ve working towards implementing value billing over hourly billing. I have this one particular customer who has been with me since I started working for myself over 5 years ago. I have been wrestling with what to charge this customer under value billing. I did a lot of research which showed me that I have been under-billing all along. But I have been afraid of slapping this one customer with “sticker shock.” I did mention to them that my pricing was going to change in the near future. But ever since that mention, I have been struggling with numerous things and thoughts.
    Your video showed me exactly why and what I was struggling with. It wasn’t fear of this customer’s reaction to my new pricing, it was resistance and my own set point.
    I had planned to have this conversation with this particular customer today (yesterday now) on what the new pricing was going to be. However, we both had phone calls to make after a brief conversation, so we decided to re-convene in about an hour. So during this hour, I watched this video. It was God-ordained just for me! I mean that I knew that I knew that I knew that I supposed to watch this video after I saw it….before talking with this customer. Not even 5 minutes after this video was over, this customer called me to finish the earlier conversation. We wrapped up with my new pricing, and he didn’t even balk. He just said, “Whatever you need to do is fine with me.” Glory to God!

  • Matt James

    Great stuff, Ray! At 51, I think I have become aware of my set point, and am currently making adjustments. Thanks for recommending the book Secrets of the Millionaire Mind. I haven’t read it, but I will soon:)

  • Linden

    great stuff Ray! Thank you.

  • In the past 9 years I have lost my husband, have lost jobs due to layoffs, lost my home in Florida, and lost my brother, the last of my immediate family. And I have been persecuted for my beliefs. I am on the verge of losing everything else.

    I don’t know if this is a generational curse I am under (I was adopted), or whether evil just enjoys tormenting me, but I have had enough! I have friends praying for me, I am donning the armor, and arming myself with the Word by attending Liberty U.

    Don’t let anyone steal your right to state your Christian beliefs. There are people out here who need to hear words of encouragement to go about running the race to the end.

  • Rodney

    Thanks Ray.
    Your lessons are always helpful.

  • that video was great. I want to write two books one on marriage and the other on discipleship I already have 12 chapters in each book, but I feel that I am stuck. I need someone to edit them, dress them, print them, and sell them. I have selected a success point of U S $ 5, 000,000 five Million dollars. How can you help me achieve my goal?

  • Mark Goblowsky

    Incredibly valuable post. Thank you.

  • Yes, Ray, I have faced all these villains, even well into my 60’s. The result was that they held me back to a mediocre life.

    Now I do exactly what you suggest in this video and I am moving ahead at surprising speed. Hearing this from you was very encouraging to me; it serves as a validation that I am now on the right track, and gives me energy to keep on keeping on. Thank you.

    Thank you also for including God and some of his truth in your presentation.

    May God continue to bless you and your work,
    Bob Carpenter

  • This makes so much sense, and I never realized it before! Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  • John Mauro

    Great lesson Ray! Thank you for sharing, and for motivating me!