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5 Excuses That Are Keeping You From Success

September 26, 2016 in Career, Lifestyle - 79 Comments

If you could do anything, what would you do? Now, ask yourself “Why I aren’t I doing it?”

We’ve all heard the saying “follow your dreams” but when it comes down to going after what you really want, what are you willing to do to make it happen?

Believe it or not, no dream or goal is too big. But in order to be successful in reaching our goals, we must be willing to change our behaviors and most importantly our attitudes towards the very excuses that keep us from succeeding.

So, if you have been brewing over a dream or goal that you have yet to make headway on, keep reading because most likely these five excuses are keeping you from success.

5 Excuses Keeping You From Success

1. “I don’t have time.”

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It’s easy to feel weighed down by responsibilities you already have or by things you feel are placing constraints on your time. However, the lack of time is not the issue – determining what you consider a main priority is.

The President of the United States, Oprah Winfrey, and any other influential person you can think of, have the same amount of hours in a day that you do.

If you want to be successful in reaching your goals, you have to be able to make time to work toward them. Whether it’s one hour a day or three days a week, carve out some time and consistently stick to it because, at the end of the day some progress, is better than no progress.

2. “I don’t have enough money.”

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I know it can be difficult to spread your money when you are in a financial bind (I have been there and it sure as hell is not fun) but if there’s a will, there’s a way.

If you are making the excuse that you are afraid to spend money, shift your focus to understanding the value of your investment. Will this program or tool get you closer to where you want to be? Are there affordable installment plans you can work with? If yes, then remember when you invest in yourself you will always get to reap the benefits of your success.

If you are making the excuse that you don’t have enough money, I am wiling to bet there are plenty of free (and cheap) resources you can utilize to get the ball rolling until you can save enough money to put toward your goal.

3. “I’m not ready.”

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If not now, when? To be honest, I am not sure if we are ever truly ready for anything but more often than not, taking a leap of faith feels so much better than standing on the edge of fear never knowing what will happen.

Remember, we grow when we are most uncomfortable. Challenges allow us the opportunity to adapt, learn, improve and try again. Success is not without trial and error.

Be willing to step outside your comfort zone to discover your true potential.

4. “I’m not sure where to start.”

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The thought can be overwhelming but, we all have to start somewhere. If you have an idea, dream or goal that is a start! Next would be refining it.

Remember, a “dream without a plan is just a wish.” Success comes from understanding what it is you want to accomplish and the steps you’ll take to make that happen.

Do your research, make connections and begin mapping out a plan. Soon you’ll see the pieces start coming together.

5. “I’m afraid.”

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While it’s natural to feel afraid of failing (or even succeeding),  or if you are constantly paralyzed by the fear of negative outcomes,  you will always let opportunities for success pass you by. While the unknown can be scary, YOU hold all the power to shape your future.

Do any of these excuses resonate with you? If so, how have you made progress toward your goals? Love to hear your thoughts below!

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Katrina H.

Katrina is a 20-year-old something goal-digging career girl with a passion for helping millennials navigate the career world and helping entrepreneurs grow their business through digital story telling.

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  • Amber September 26, 2016 at 1:38 am

    I love this! I know that I’ve used all of these excuses before. This is a perfect Monday morning post to motivate me.


    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 5:33 am

      Thanks so much for reading Amber. So happy to be able to motivate you this morning 🙂 <3

  • Vaishnavi September 26, 2016 at 1:50 am

    Love your quotes and your thoughts! Completely agree with you. These excuses don’t take us anywhere; it’s our attitude that determines our altitude 🙂

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 5:34 am

      Thanks for reading Vaishnavi! And totally agree with you. Have a beautiful day!

  • Karen September 26, 2016 at 7:06 am

    I love this! Especially the “I don’t have time” excuse. We hear that one so often, but it truly is just a matter of making something a priority. Once I realized this and changed my mindset about how much time I actually had I was able to start getting things done.

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 7:28 am

      I am so happy to hear that Karen! I definitely had a bad habit of procrastinating but getting a planner and really thinking about my priorities helped me really buckle down. Thanks for reading!

  • Ivana J September 26, 2016 at 7:17 am

    Unfortunately i can relate to some of this excuses, and i hate that. I need to work to fix it xoxo

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:43 pm

      Hi Ivana, I have guilty of all of these and there are days I have to push myself to be accountable. Don’t worry – things take time but I have no doubt you’re fixing your habits just fine 🙂

  • Jamie September 26, 2016 at 7:25 am

    Love this Monday morning motivation type post!
    I definitely use all of these excuses- ha.

    xx, Jamie

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:48 pm

      I still use these excuses sometimes lol. Thanks for reading!

  • Katja September 26, 2016 at 7:54 am

    Inspiring advice! I can recognize myself in most of those so, no excuses anymore, eh? *goes to get it*

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Hahah thanks for reading Katja!

  • Борка Шаула September 26, 2016 at 8:19 am

    These are all excuses I used to say, now I am just going for it! Like Nike says, Just do it.
    BS, xx |

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      Get it girl; glad to hear you are going after what you want. thanks for reading!

  • Caroline September 26, 2016 at 8:39 am

    Oh I’m so glad I came accross this post! That was so motivating and inspirational! Have a lovely evening! xx

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:38 pm

      I am so happy to hear that Caroline! Thanks for reading 🙂

  • Alexandra Geletová September 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

    Lovely article!”Trust in the magic of beginnings” is my new favorite quote I guess. I have never thinking about it this way, so it opened my eyes little bit. Thank you so much for sharing this inspirational post 🙂


    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:39 pm

      Thanks for reading Ally! Happy to hear I could positively impact your morning

  • Sarah September 26, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I love this! I allowed fear to keep me from doing what I knew I was called to do for a long time. I believe God was grooming me during those years, but I also held onto fear a little longer than I should have!

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Thanks for reading Sarah! It’s very inspiring to hear that you are doing what you love most as I struggled for a long time as well. I think God has a plan for all and has a funny way of making us realize it 🙂

  • Maca September 26, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    These quotes are so inspirational! 🙂 Loving this post!

    • Katrina September 26, 2016 at 8:41 pm

      Thanks for reading Maca! Happy to hear these inspire you <3

  • stephanie September 27, 2016 at 2:52 am

    What a awesome post to read this morning! Very motivational 🙂

  • Amanda @ Anchored to Sunshine September 27, 2016 at 3:26 am

    “I’m not ready” is such a common one. The timing will never be right, you just have to go for it! Love this post 🙂 Great inspiration!

    • Katrina September 27, 2016 at 4:34 pm

      Exactly Amanda! You’ll be surprised what happens when you do. Thanks for love!

  • kittylimon September 27, 2016 at 9:28 am

    I can definitely relate to too many of these excuses I need to stop thinking negatively and start thinking positively if I want to achieve my future goals 🙂

    • Katrina September 27, 2016 at 4:35 pm

      Cultivating negative thoughts can be so detrimental to our self esteem – but considering all I’ve seen you do I think you are well on track to achieving your goals. Thanks for reading love

  • Erin September 27, 2016 at 11:44 am

    Fantastic points! Pinning this. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing.
    xoxo, erin |

    • Katrina September 27, 2016 at 4:36 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Erin!

  • kaleigh September 27, 2016 at 3:06 pm

    I love this list!! Excuses definitely hinder our ability to get things done!!

    • Katrina September 27, 2016 at 4:37 pm

      Thanks for reading girlie!

  • Sally September 27, 2016 at 6:24 pm

    this is a great post! I use those excuses way too often. Glad I found your blog.

    • Katrina October 1, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Sally!

  • Cricket Plunkett October 1, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    I definitely fall victim to a few of these things, thanks for pointing it out!

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:30 pm

      I think we all fall victim to these from time to time! What’s important is being able to bounce back 🙂 thanks so much for reading!

  • Kari (Happy Coconuts Travel Blog) October 1, 2016 at 12:40 pm

    If you wait until you’re ready you’ll always be waiting and before you know it your life will have passed you by!

  • Chaza October 1, 2016 at 12:56 pm

    Very inspiring post. Thank you for sharing.

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 9:02 pm

      Glad you found it inspiring! Thanks for reading Chaza 🙂

  • Amanda October 1, 2016 at 2:32 pm

    Very motivational, thank you for the ideas!

  • Kathy Haan October 1, 2016 at 3:03 pm

    #5 is my mantra!!! Thank you for sharing!

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Thanks so much for reading Kathy!

  • Amber Myers October 1, 2016 at 5:53 pm

    Very nice. I do the “I’m afraid” one a lot. But I try to push myself. I can’t always use fear as an excuse.

  • Liz October 2, 2016 at 1:51 am

    Such good advice! thanks!

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

      Thanks so much reading Liz!

  • Anna nuttall October 2, 2016 at 3:57 am

    A very motivational post. I believe in mind over matter. xx

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks so much for your kind words Anna! 🙂 exactly – mind over matter and you will prosper!

  • Lindsey October 2, 2016 at 6:17 am

    These are fantastic! Sometimes all that keeps us from success is ourselves!

  • Internationalcaty October 2, 2016 at 6:40 am

    I love this! We all make excuses rather than taking a chance and doing it

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Thanks so much for reading!

  • Heather October 2, 2016 at 7:09 am

    The time one is definitely my biggest excuse! I think I might just be in a season of crazy though…three kids…homeschooling…trying to keep a clean house + vlogging and blogging…yeah…I need a vacation 🙂

  • Jill Wiley October 2, 2016 at 7:45 am

    I tend to use smaller derivatives of these excuses… I’ve moved past the overall excuse… but manage to find something small in there to use! LOL!

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:45 pm

      I think we all can relate to use something small when we are not up to it 😉 Totally fine; all about getting back on your game! Thanks for reading Jill 🙂

  • Debbie October 2, 2016 at 11:03 am

    Wonderful article and I’ll be every single person has used at least one of those excuses. For me, it is generally about the monetary investment. Thanks for the inspiring “kick in the pants.”

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:37 pm

      I totally understand about the monetary investment and I think it is important to understand the value of what you are investing in before you cash out. Thanks for reading Debbie!

  • ohmummymia October 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    ‘I don’t have time’ that’s mu excuse:P

  • Heather Denniston October 2, 2016 at 11:25 am

    Great post. The getting started thing is so hard for some people. Good reminder to just do it!

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:42 pm

      Definitively can relate to the getting started being a big fear for many! But when you’re willing to take baby steps, every magically starts to fall in place 🙂 Thanks for reading Heather!

  • Jessica October 2, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    It’s important to face and fight the real structural inequalities that take our time and resources, but there’s also no reason to not start actualizing some of the smallest steps! Every little bit leads to new opportunities.

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:36 pm

      I love what you say about taking the smallest steps. A little goes a long way toward your end goal! Thanks so much for reading Jessica 🙂

  • Rita October 2, 2016 at 2:11 pm

    Love this post, very inspiriting ! I need to work on “I am not ready part” ! Thanks for sharing!

    Rita |

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:34 pm

      I don’t think we are ever ready – sometimes you just gotta take the plunge 🙂 Thanks for reading Rita!

  • Ashley Voicu October 2, 2016 at 6:34 pm

    Im guilty. Number 5 is so true to me. Finding courage to do what I need often lead me to procrastinate.

  • Janine Good October 2, 2016 at 7:02 pm

    These are great as they totally describe someone struggling to get going in business! The overwhelm factor has hit me, but i’m hoping that will subside soon!

  • Benjamin J Travel October 2, 2016 at 8:23 pm

    Nice motivation!

  • Indrani October 2, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    Very inspiring post. I am glad I read this in the morning, the day should go well with these resolutions.

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much Indrani! That means a lot to me. I hope your day was wonderful!

  • Ellie Augustin October 3, 2016 at 5:35 am

    Yes to all of these! Love this post.

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:33 pm

      Thanks so much Ellie!

  • andrea October 3, 2016 at 6:14 am

    I’m afraid is my go to excuse! Fear is a real pain in the ass:)

  • Nellwyn October 3, 2016 at 6:28 am

    Time management is so tricky and I’ve definitely used the “not enough time” excuse. I’ve simply had to start sleeping less in order to accomplish everything lately!

  • Pamela October 3, 2016 at 6:39 am

    Love this! One thing I always tell myself that my 6th grade math teacher told our class is “Excuses are the pathway to failure” It still rings in my ears today whenever I want to make an excuse.

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:32 pm

      That’s a great mantra! It’s so easy to self-doubt and be the biggest obstacle standing in your way – even harder to see that you’re capable of shaping your future but it’s so true! Thanks for reading Pamela 🙂

  • michenn October 3, 2016 at 7:20 am

    I love the graphics that you used! They’re so pretty.

  • Jennifer October 3, 2016 at 8:33 am

    These are great tips, Katrina! I have struggled with not feeling ready or good enough. It is something I have gotten better at, but I still find challenges with it.

  • Sheila Jo October 3, 2016 at 6:59 pm

    #1 is my favorite in this article. We have to make time for the things that are important to us.

  • Jessica Harlow October 4, 2016 at 4:21 am

    I really love the quotes you used to illustrate your points! It can be so easy to get distracted and overwhelmed by the routine of every day, it makes it hard to even remember your goals and dreams!

  • Andrea October 5, 2016 at 7:31 am

    I really needed these today! Thank you!

    • Katrina October 9, 2016 at 8:31 pm

      Glad I could help 🙂 Thanks for reading Andrea!

  • chaza October 8, 2016 at 6:32 pm

    Great post. Growing up I used to give most of these excuses a lot but now I am little better. Still have some to fix:) This is very helpful. Thank you for sharing:)

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