This was originally posted on here 10/11/14. I decided to republish it because I enjoyed it and it is a helpful reminder to not let excuses deter us
Stumbling blocks have the potential to cause regression towards a goal. Excuses are stumbling blocks that lead to failure or not even trying. Phrases such as “I can’t” or “I don’t have time” should be toss to the bottom of the ocean without the ability to come back up when it comes to the betterment of your life. Those phrases should be replace with I can or I will make time. Anybody that has accomplished any goals in life did not give energy to excuses. Excuses cause you to be stagnant. Excuses are designed to demolish your hopes and dreams.
Excuses are tools that cause you to participate in self-defeat. Who knew that you had the power to create damaging tools? Who knew that you had the power to destroy your hopes and dreams? I often hear individuals mention stumbling blocks from others but what about the stumbling blocks call excuses that they create for themselves.
When I looked back over my life and reflect on goals that I have accomplished, I noticed that I use some valuable tools throughout the process but excuses were not a part of them. There have been times when I said, I can’t or I just don’t have time but I had to push those negative thoughts (excuses) out of my mind. When I let excuses controlled me, I didn’t attempt to try to accomplished goals. I didn’t even really make goals. I mean if I want something to change in my life, I had to look at excuses for what they were (stumbling blocks). So, I had to invest time in myself and put in the work. I had to believe in myself. When it comes to the betterment of your life, it is imperative to make time. Your life is valuable. You are important, you are special, & you deserve it.
It would be beneficial to sit down and create solutions instead of drooling in excuses. Excuses will take control over your life. You may not even recognize yourself. You may compare your life to others. You may express how you do not have as much time as someone else to get things done (that is an excuse sneaking in it). It is not about anyone else time but about how you can work with the time that you have. It’s about learning how to make your time beneficial for you. It may be easier to blame others instead of understanding the responsibility you have in the situation. You have the power to take control back over your life. Here is a process that I use to help eliminate excuses and move forward. It may help whether it be work or personal related.
1. Take a look at the situation and write down a desired outcome. Write down the goals you want to accomplish.
2. Conduct research regarding solutions concerning the situation. Invest time in yourself. Ask for help if needed.
3. Develop a list with solutions including the steps to go along with them.
4. Create a schedule and time frame to complete the steps in the solution.
5. Make time and follow through the steps. Sometimes you may have to adjust this process. That is alright. You are a work in progress. Never give up on yourself. Make sure to celebrate your progression.
6. Goal accomplished. You took control back over your life. You eliminated excuses by focusing on solutions. Celebrate. You did it!
So, the next time that inner voice says, I can’t, you tell it I can and I will. I am important, I am worth it, and I deserve it!
By spending time on creating and progressing towards the solution, you will not have any time to entertain excuses. You will have eliminated excuses out of your mindset by feeding the mind positive information regarding solutions. It is important for you to remember to invest in yourself. By participating in the process of creating and progressing toward solutions, you gain some positive attributes. Three are positive self-esteem, confidence, and hope. These positive attributes will spill into all aspects of life. You will find yourself having the courage to tackle and achieved more goals.
How do you eliminate or tackle excuses? I would love feedback.
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