Being successful isn’t automatic. It requires concentrated effort and action. Many of us have a series of excuses that we can pull out of a hat at a moment’s notice. How about you? Do you excuse excuses or simply make them? This is done largely to protect ourselves and to justify our current circumstances.
As Jim Rohn rightly remarked that “If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”
For instance, everyone wants to have a chiselled body, but no one wants to diet or workout. As the saying goes “Ninety-nine percent of the failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses.” So, if you want to be successful then you must excuse all the excuses.
Check out any of these excuses holding you back from success:
1. I don’t know how: This common excuse gives you permission to not even try. However, this excuse simply doesn’t hold water. 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 approach based on your results. You must know the fact that “There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard-work, and learning from failure.” So, it’s your willingness for learning is what it takes to know what you don’t know.
2. I don’t have enough time: Do you really believe this? Nearly all of us waste time on activities that provide no real value, including watching TV, internet surfing, and a host of other time wasters. You know in your heart you could make the time for something that was truly important to you. If you want to be successful, all that you need to do is to manage the time effectively and start acting on your goals. Remember that “If you are not willing to risk the usual, you will have to settle for the ordinary.”
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3. I’m afraid: This is perhaps the most socially acceptable answer. Who hasn’t been afraid? Most of our fears are self-made and have no real consequences. Nonetheless, you need to pay attention to your fears and reflect what is your fear all about. Is that a fear of failure? or something else. Being afraid isn’t a valid excuse 99% of the time. Unless you try something then there is no way that you would get to know “The road to success and the road to failure is almost the same”.
4. It’s too late for me: It’s too late? Haven’t you heard a person climbed Mount Everest in his 80’s? Haven’t you come across the people who have pursued their hobbies in their 60’s and done wonders in old age? What would you like to do? Getting a late start might be less convenient and more challenging, but there’s nothing wrong with that. It means that you’ll only take on the challenges that are important to you. As Tony Robins rightly remarked that “There is a powerful driving force inside every human being that, once unleashed, can make any vision, dream, or desire a reality.” Always remind yourself that age is not a factor but desire for success is.
5. It’s too hard: Some endeavours are certainly more competitive than others. But claiming that something is “too hard” is just another way of admitting that you’re afraid. The truth is that people with limited resources and talent can still be extremely successful as they believe in the fact that “All progress takes place outside the comfort zone.” We tend to imagine the competition is much tougher than it really is and give-up the job on your hand. I’m reminded of Edison’s great insight on failure in this context that “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” So, persevere until you reach the final goal to prove that you are harder than the task.
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Remember that, people that are successful on a regular basis tend to have the fewest excuses. How could it be any other way? Those with excuses are able to justify not taking action. However, no action equals no results. As Conrad Hilton rightly stated that “Success seems to be connected with action. Successful people keep moving. They make mistakes, but they don’t quit.” So, put aside your excuses and go after what you truly want. You’ll be glad you did!