Every time you use an excuse, you’re holding yourself back from getting what you really want out of life. The more you use excuses, the harder it will be to get things done. No matter how difficult they might seem at the moment, some things need to be done before it’s too late.
First step is recognizing your excuse patterns. Accept that your excuse making is a negative influence over your life. Then, it is time to make some changes in your thinking.
Here are six categories of excuses that people use (as defined by Jon Taffer). Do any of these resonate with you?
- Fear. Of all sorts – fear of failure, embarrassment, death.
- Knowledge…or lack thereof. Thinking “I don’t know enough to take the plunge.”
- Time. Not enough time or not the right time.
- Circumstances. External factors that you feel are out of your control. Such as your lack of good schooling, the weather, the kids, the spouse.
- Ego. Thinking, “I’m not [smart/experienced/good] enough”, “The family is against it.”
- Scarcity. Thinking, “I can’t afford it.”, “I can’t find someone to do it with.”