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Usually, the excuse you’re using is masking the real reason why you “can’t” accomplish something. For some, it’s a fear of failure. For others, it’s a self-esteem issue. For others still, it’s a fear of success or having something to lose.
If you’re unsure of where the excuses are coming from, simply ask yourself: if you were to succeed and accomplish what you want, what’s the worst thing that could happen? List off every worst case scenario, and you’ll likely recognize a theme. This is the issue to tackle.
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As they say, “Feel the fear, but do it anyway.” Recognize the excuses you’re making and do what you want to do regardless of what you think is holding you back. Yes, it’s a lot easier said than done, but it’s one thing to say you have control of your life and another to take control....
When I step out of my comfort zone the number of people in my life who were also making excuses. So many excuses, in fact, that looking back on our conversations together, we were always complaining and excusing!
Like you, those you spend time with might not realize they’re making excuses,...
Depending on your goals, sometimes just thinking about them is overwhelming. This is especially the case with goals, such as building a business from scratch. It’s too easy to become so overwhelmed you don’t get started at all.
Eliminate your excuses by creating the mother of all t...
Once you recognize your excuses for what they are, you can begin using them to your advantage. Consider your excuses a signal to a deeper underlying problem. It’s a great way to familiarize yourself with what makes you tick. Each time you find yourself making an excuse, look into it further, find...
This is a little trick I use that works every time: instead of saying “I’d really like to, but…”, cut yourself off and say “I’d really like to.” This triggers your mind to focus on the plans you need to make to reach your goals, instead of the roadblocks currently in your way. Instant motivation!...
There are times when you sincerely want to do something, but there are aspects of your lifestyle that hugely conflict with that. In these instances, you’re not in denial or making excuses, you’re simply examining roadblocks that are in your way. It’s when you allow these roadblocks to stay in pl...
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