Excuses are lies we tell ourselves to justify why can’t do something. We all make them at times, but as long as we continue to feed them, we block ourselves off from new experiences and growth.
I don’t have time.
One of the most common excuses people make is that they don’t have time. That’s wrong. Whether you’re white, black, rich, poor, employed, or unemployed is irrelevant.
Everyone is given the same 24 hours and your success is completely dependent on how you use that time. The difference between those that are successful and those that are unsuccessful, is that successful people use their time wisely.
Successful people don’t sit on the couch, and complain about their lives while watching zombifying passive entertainment. They’re out there trying to make the most of life, doing whatever they can to bring themselves up to a level they’ve never experienced. Successful people are successful because they take massive action and massive action equals massive results.
Truthfully, “I don’t have time” isn’t a rational reason not to do something. It’s an excuse manifested from some level of fear that’s trying to justify that our current level of experiences are just fine, and that change is too risky. It’s the result of the overemphasis of security in our lives.
Time isn’t an abundant resource that can be found just anywhere. If something is important to you, you have to make time for it.
I’m not good enough.
How aren’t you good enough? If someone else can do it, why not you? If someone else has done whatever it is you’re trying to do, then it’s possible.
You may currently lack the skill or experience required for the task you’re trying to accomplish, but there’s nothing stopping you from developing it. If anyone’s going to experience your hopes and dreams, why not you? You are good enough, and if you’re making the excuse that you’re not, then become good enough.
It’s too different.
Just because conforming is the trending social norm doesn’t mean you have to participate. Lots of people think running my own website and making juggling videos is weird. Who cares?
It’s cliche, “But those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind” (Bernard Baruch). If you plan on experiencing something you’re not currently experiencing you’re going to need to change in some way. Otherwise you’re going to continue to get what you’ve always gotten.
Whenever you change, it’s inevitable that you’re social circle will change as well and that’s perfectly fine. In fact it’s a wonderful change. Wouldn’t you rather attract positive, successful people into your life instead of socially conditioned, mindless zombies? I certainly would. It’s your choice, but you can’t have both.
As long as you continue to hold onto your current social circle, you resist the manifestation of new relationships that are more conductive to your success.
I don’t know how.
This is perhaps the worst excuse you could possible have. With the wealth of information online today, almost anything you could possibly learn is just a click away, and even if it’s some discrete subject that’s not online, you can almost always find the contact information of someone who has the knowledge you’re seeking.
Even if you’re trying to do something that’s never done before, it’s more than possible to teach yourself. It may require some persistence, but no baby ever learned to walk by complaining about its incompetence.
It’s not the right time.
I could do it now, but one day I’ll be in a better position to do “x”. The time will never be just right. Unless there’s a concrete reason you need to wait to start working towards your goal, start now.
If you’re trying to learn how to snowboard and it’s the middle of the summer, then waiting might be unavoidable. But at least set a concrete start date for your goal.
Don’t say, “I want to learn how to snowboard next winter.” Say, “The first time it snows “x” amount of inches I’m going to go snowboarding.” Better yet, tell a friend about your goal and have them make the commitment to come snowboarding with you.
It’s the same idea as a workout buddy. You might not feel like going snowboarding, but your friend will provide you with an extra level of accountability.
Stop lying to yourself. Stop making excuses. You are good enough, you have the time, you can do it. And if anyone tells you otherwise, ignore them. They’re just socially conditioned mindless zombies. 😉
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