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.
1. “I don’t have time.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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.”
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!