We use excuses to stop ourselves from succeeding. Excuses will make anything impossible. An excuse is just a reason to not do something. It is an obstacle. But it is not insurmountable.
He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else. ~ Ben Franklin
you are your biggest obstacle
You put your biggest obstacles in way of ourselves. You see change is difficult but not impossible. We all have shortcomings and need to find a way to work around them or develop them. You see, we make excuses out of fear. We avoid the challenge to stop the pain of failure and hurt.
That’s actually irrational.
How can you know the result of something that hasn’t happened yet?
So going into anything you do with the right attitude is half the battle. The rest is the effort you put forth. It won’t always come out the way you imagined but if you persevere your efforts will pay off.
But if you continue to make an excuse, the only result you can expect is a non result.
what do you have to lose? Nothing. And…you have everything to gain.
common excuses and solutions to match them
- I don’t have enough money – if that’s the case, then it means you need to put energy and time into things. Or better yet find some money with an extra job or selling resources you don’t use. Maybe you need a partner or venture capital for your idea. Perhaps you need to change your spending habits.
- I’m not smart enough – so what! You have skills, charisma and ideas. Get a team together. Work on what you are good at or passionate about. Smart people make excuses too, it really has nothing to do with your problem, putting effort in is a more likely solution.
- I’m too busy / I don’t have the time – this is probably one of the biggest and most hurtful excuses out there. If you have Internet, Television and travel time then you have time to learn or do something. It all comes down to how you CHOOSE to manage it. Find some activities that you don’t really enjoy and stop doing them. With 24 hours in the day, you can wake up a few minutes earlier or go to bed a few minutes later. You decide.
- I don’t know how – we used to go to the library as a starting point but now we have this great tool called the Internet. There are so many options to learn how you can do something. An excuse is really just saying you don’t want to.
- What if it doesn’t work – this one is big. Most ideas never happen because people are afraid of failing. They think experience (or lack thereof) prevents them from success. You have to start somewhere and you will never know until you have tried. Prepare yourself. Do your homework and get the resources in place to get the job done. Failure is a part of the learning curve. It teaches us how to deal with life and what things we need to correct.
I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work (light bulb invention). ~ Thomas Edison
observe your excuses
Next time you feel an excuse coming on observe it and dig a bit deeper to find out what the underlying fear is. Once you know what it is and can decide what you really want you can take action in little baby steps to achieve your goal. That is forward motion and that will start to eliminate your excuses.
Face your obstacles…don’t excuse them.