Stop Making Excuses!

I thought I would share this article with you (thanks to my cousin for forwarding this to me a few months ago!) This is not original content (I did not write this) and I’m not sure where it’s from but I thought it would resonate with many of you and hopefully inspire you to stop making excuses and JUST DO IT!

7 Excuses You Need to Stop Making:

1. I don’t have enough time

This excuse is probably the biggest enemy to anyone with a goal they are not yet on the road to accomplishing. Many of us push our goals and responsibilities to the side when we feel they require more time than we have available, however, time is relative to how you use it. There is always available time for the things we want to get done, we just need to be more choosy of the ways we fill our time throughout the day. Rather than filling our time with meaningless procrastination, we can use that time to accomplish the bigger goals when we make them a priority throughout our day.

2. I’m OK with where I am right now

There’s a big difference between being genuinely happy with where you are in your life and just settling because you’re happy enough with the circumstances. Simply accepting the current conditions of you life and learning to accept them could be holding you back from achieving your goals. Stop being “just OK” with where you are in life and break from the status quo. There is nothing wrong with trying and failing. As they say “shoot for the moon – if you miss, at least you’ll land among the stars.”

3. “I’m afraid of ______.”

When it comes to achieving your goals, fear can be your greatest enemy or your best friend. Fear is the driving force behind many of life’s actions, whether good or bad. Whether it’s fear of failure, fear or change, or even fear of success – fear is the most powerful excuse we have for avoiding certain situations and goals. In the end, it doesn’t matter what kind of fear it is, if we don’t take action we will continue to sit complacent. Without facing our fears we will never grow and achieve.

4. I can’t do it

Often when we don’t have the skills to complete a task or don’t have a strong enough sense of faith in ourselves we will simply say we can’t do it. If you don’t have the skills, what is stopping you from learning them? Practice doesn’t make perfect – there is no such thing. But it does make improvement that you can build upon. Throughout history, people have been pushing boundaries and proving seemingly impossible tasks to be possible. At one point people said “man can’t walk on the moon” so don’t take what others say as concrete proof that you can’t do something.

5. The circumstances aren’t right

If you ask people what is holding them back from success and happiness, chances are that nine out of ten will blame circumstances. Many of us believe that the outcome of our lives is only partially up to us and more due to the circumstances that surround us. If you’re always living in a world where A has to happen before you can accomplish B then you are never carving your own path, but rather depending on outside forces to accomplish your goals. You’re never going to be 100% ready for anything and the circumstances will never be perfect so you need to stop waiting and change what you can. (Very true!)

6. It’s too difficult

The most common excuse we often use is that a task is too difficult or impossible to complete. There will always be difficult goals in life, and the best way to keep yourself from completing them is by convincing yourself they’re impossible. As Alice in Wonderland once said “sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.” Nothing worth having in life is ever easy, but if we work hard to develop the needed skills and believe that we can accomplish them, more often than not our goals are reached. (YES!! EXACTLY!)

 7. I’m the victim

When things aren’t going your way in life, it’s easy to blame others and make yourself the victim due to circumstances. It’s easy to tell yourself that you didn’t get that big promotion because your boss has a personal vendetta against you – and maybe he does – but it’s more likely that you need to reevaluate your work habits and just don’t see that because you’re deflecting fault to someone else. We often forget that we are not the centre of everyone’s universe, only our own. By owning up to our shortcomings we can recognize where we need improvement and take the necessary steps to fixing these areas.

How many of you find yourself making excuses?  What are you waiting for? The time to start working towards your goal is NOW! GO FOR IT!

Les 🙂

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