Every woman wants to have that beach body, but no one really wants to diet or workout. Unfortunately, being successful isn’t immediate. It requires concentrated effort and action.
Most of us have a series of excuses that we can pull out of a hat at a moment’s notice. There’s always one that seems to fit the bill perfectly. This is done mostly to protect ourselves and to justify our current circumstances. (I know I am guilty of this, are you?)
Are any of these excuses holding you back from attaining your success?
- “I don’t know how.” This common excuse gives you permission to not even try. However, this excuse simply doesn’t hold water. We have so much information available at our fingertips today that there really no excuse for the “I don’t know how”. You want to start a charity? There are hundreds of books on the subject at the library. You need to lose 100 lbs? There are thousands of resources available online and in your community. 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 methods based on your outcome.
- “I’m afraid.” This is perhaps the most socially acceptable answer. Who hasn’t been afraid? But there is very little to legitimately fear in this day and age . In most situations you are 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. Being afraid isn’t a compelling excuse 99% of the time. (Would you rather be successful or protect your ego?)
- “I don’t have enough time.” Do you really believe this? Nearly all of us waste time on activities that provide no real value in our lives, for example watching TV and internet surfing. You know in your heart you could make the time for something if it was truly important to you.
- “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
- “It’s too late for me.” – Really?!? 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? Getting a late start at something might be less agreeable and more challenging, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It means that you’ll only take on the challenges that are really important to you. That could be a good thing .
- “It’s too hard.” Some undertakings will certainly be more competitive than others. But claiming that something is “too hard” is really just another way of admitting that you’re afraid. 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. The average person doesn’t have a lot of control over himself. He’s not truly committed. Those with motivation and stamina are really the ones who succeed.
Being successful isn’t immediate. It requires concentrated effort and action.
People that are successful on a regular basis tend to have the fewest excuses.
Those with excuses are able to justify not taking action. However, no action equals no results. So put aside your excuses and go after what you truly want. You’ll be glad you did!
Do you have a “go to ” excuse that you use when there is something you want to do, but don’t? What are some of the excuses that you use? Please share your thoughts in the comments box below or join the conversation on social media. Also, share this article with anyone whom you think would benefit from it.
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