“Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” George Washington Carver
One habit you are going to want to break free from is the habit of making excuses. Excuses are the long litany of reasons or rationale as to why you did not take action or do what you said you were going to do. Excuses defend your behaviours. When you fall on excuses, you are avoiding taking ownership of your life and responsibility for the outcomes and results that you want to get. It always seems to be someone else’s fault why they are not getting the success that they want. They play the victim. They often claim that their situation is different and no one understands what they are going through. Excuses are a way of avoiding reality and looking in the mirror.
Does this sound like you? If you catch yourself making excuses, STOP right there.
Do you want different results?
You need to take 100% responsibility for your results. No excuses allowed.
You will find a way to figure it out. If you need to ask for help, you will ASK!
The excuses you are making tend to be due to FEAR!
Yes, that’s right. FEAR and there is a pay off for not taking action.
Some of the most common fears are:
- Fear of Success
- Fear of Failure
- Fear of Rejection
- Fear of Uncertainty
- Fear of Responsibility
- Fear of Change
Your fears hold you back from what you really want. If you allow your fears to hold you hostage, you cannot experience success. Your passion for what you want needs to be greater than you fear to step into your potential. When your fear is greater than your passion, you will make bad judgments, lack the self confidence to take responsibility to take charge of your life and may even live with regrets.
Start by taking a look at the excuses you have been making. What are they?
Not sure, listen to these excuse starters…
“I don’t have enough time…”
“I do not have enough education OR I am not smart enough.”
“It’s not the right time.”
“I don’t feel like it…OR I am not inspired to do it.”
”I do not know how to get started… OR how to do it”
“I am too old or too young.”
“I do not have the money.”
Challenge your excuses! Are you making excuses or do you have a REAL reason for something not turning out as you wished?
We all have the same amount of time in a day; it all depends on how you allocate the time you have available.
You can learn new information by researching and reading, watching YouTube Videos, taking a course, and asking others who already know how to do what you want to do.
Where do you prioritize your money? There is a tendency to focus your money where you feel is most important. Can you find a way to change the priorities assigned to your money?
When you feel its not the right time, you will note that there is a lack of resources, information, or confidence in your abilities.
When age is the excuse, it is due to a lack of confidence.
Whether you feel like it or not, you need to do it, Otherwise, you will always have a reason for not getting the results you want.
Focus on the here and now! What is in your control? You cannot change the past.
Stop comparing your situation to others. Don’t worry about what others are doing. Everyone is on their own journey and has different passions. Avoid comparing your situation or circumstance with others.
Focus on the solutions and opportunities in front of you and coming your way.
Look at your situation from different perspectives before making a decision.
Tap into your strengths. You are more talented and capable than you give yourself credit for.
You will find a way! No excuses allowed!
Excuses do not allow you to move ahead or grow in the process.
“If you have passion, there is no need for excuses because your enthusiasm will trump any negative reasoning you might come up with. Enthusiasm makes excuses a nonissue.” Wayne Dyer
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