Are you sick of making excuses? Me too! Here are the top 6 excuses that limit your success (so you know which ones to avoid).
You know how it works: Everyone wants to have a beach body, but not everyone is prepared to diet or workout.
Everyone wants to be a millionaire but not everyone is prepared to do the work required to achieve that level of success.
We all need to remember that being successful isn’t automatic.
It requires concentrated effort and action.
And this is where a lot of us get stuck.
Many of us have a series of excuses that we can pull out of a hat at a moment’s notice to explain why we can’t do this and that.
Of course there’s always an excuse that seems to perfectly fit the bill.
In our head, this excuse is a perfectly logical reason to justify why we can’t do this or that.
We do it largely to protect ourselves and to justify our current circumstances.
Only problem is these excuses keep us stuck.
If it is important to you, you will find a way.
If it’s not, you will find an excuse.
You need to make an effort, not an excuse.
Nobody is ever TOO busy; it is really just a matter of priorities.
There are only two options: make progress or make excuses.
Are any of these excuses holding you back from success?
1 – “I don’t know how.”
This common excuse gives you permission to not even try.
However, this excuse simply doesn’t hold water.
At no time in the history of mankind has there been so much information available.
Want to start a charity?
There are hundreds of books on the subject.
Need to lose 100 lbs?
There are thousands of resources available.
Want to start a business?
There’s more information than you know what you do with on the Internet.
- One of the best ways to figure out how to do something is to find a qualified mentor.
- Another effective option is to simply try and then adjust your approach based on your results. Assume the information is there to be found if you look for it.
2 – “I’m afraid.”
This is perhaps the most socially acceptable answer.
Who hasn’t been afraid?
But honestly there is very little to legitimately fear in our modern times.
In most circumstances, you’re not in danger of being eaten by a lion or falling off a cliff.
Most of our fears are socially based and have no real consequences.
- What’s the worst thing that can happen? You might feel scared? Overwhelmed? Stressed? That’s okay. You can cope and survive all those feelings.
- Being afraid isn’t a valid excuse 99% of the time. You need to feel the fear and do it anyway. Everything you want is on the OTHER SIDE of fear.
- Would you rather be successful or protect your ego out of fearfulness?
3 – “I don’t have enough time.”
Do you really believe this?
Nearly all of us waste time on activities that provide no real value, including watching TV, internet surfing, and a host of other time wasters.
- You know in your heart you could make the time for something that was truly important to you.
- What if Brad Pitt or Chris Hemsworth wanted to hang out with you tomorrow for three hours – would you make the time to do it? I’m sure you would!
- Treat your goals in the same way. You need to MAKE THE TIME TO DO the things that you are most important to you.
4 – “I don’t have enough money.”
This is another common excuse, but there is usually a way to work around a lack of financial resources.
For example, if you’d like to learn to play the piano but can’t afford one, you could:
- Find a free piano on Craigslist
- Pick up an inexpensive digital piano in a pawnshop
- Ask a local church or school to use their piano after hours
- Locate a piano you can use at your local college.
- Ask for help! Put yourself out there. There is always an answer to your solution.
5 – “It’s too late for me.”
It’s too late?
A person climbed Mount Everest in his 80’s.
People have gone back to medical school in their 60’s.
What would you like to do?
Age is no barrier to your dreams!
- Getting a late start might be less convenient and more challenging, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It could actually work in your favor when you have more experience and you are wiser in life. Let that determination fuel your fire to succeed!
- To be fair, there are a few things that require an earlier start than others. For example, hate to break it to you but you’re not likely to play in the NBA if you take up basketball in your 30’s (sorry but sometimes we need a reality check!).
- But there’s nothing to stop you from becoming a coach or working in the front office. Most other things (outside elite sports that require you to be young) are fair game though.
6 – “It’s too hard.”
Sure, some endeavors are definitely more competitive than others.
But claiming that something is “too hard” is really just another way of admitting that you’re afraid or not prepared to work at it even when the going gets tough.
I mean, if it was easy everyone would be achieving their goals.
- The truth is that people with limited resources and talent can still be extremely successful.
- We tend to imagine the competition is much tougher than it really is. Have some faith in yourself!
- The average person talks a lot about what they wish they could do without ever actually getting up to do it. They are all talk and no action. They say they are committed but their lack of action says otherwise.
- We need to remember that those with motivation and stamina are the ones who ultimately succeed.
In the end, the people who achieve their goals tend to have the fewest excuses.
How could it be any other way?
People with excuses are able to justify not taking action.
I mean, that’s what an excuse is right?
However, no action equals no results.
Excuses are for those who don’t want it bad enough.
So do you want results or excuses?
Put aside your excuses and go after what you truly want.
You’ll be glad you did!
No more excuses.
No more “I can’t”.
No more “I don’t have time.”
No more “I am too tired.”
No more “I can’t afford it.”
No more “I wish I had willpower.”
No more “I don’t have any motivation.”
No more “later, tomorrow, another day.”
No more “buts…”
No more “it’s too hard.”
No more “putting it off.”
No more “I’m not good enough.”
No more “I would if I…”
It’s time to know that your excuses are invalid and your time is now.
You can make money or you can make excuses. Your choice. John Addison
Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. George Washington Carver
We have more ability than willpower, and it is often an excuse to ourselves that we imagine that things are impossible. Francois De La Rochefoucauld
Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. Ralph Marston
Don’t make excuses. Make things happen. Make changes. Then make history, Doug Hall
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