We all make excuses. It’s part of our DNA. Some excuses may be justifiable, but that doesn’t change the fact that an excuse is an excuse, however unavoidable.
Justifying Your Excuses
Last year, I was nearly at my goal weight. After some time, I slowly began to gain it back. I blamed it on things like stress, visiting family, and life adjustments. But the harder truth is that I made bad decisions.
I’ve tried and failed at 6 or 7 different businesses now. When I gave up, I chalked it up to a number of different reasons. But the truth is, my heart wasn’t in any of them and I didn’t persevere to make them work through the hard times.
You’ll be tempted to justify the cause for a failing:
“Today is my cheat day.”
“When I get a higher paying job, I can pay off the debt.”
But that’s not how any of this works.
Michael Jordan was quoted saying, “I’ve missed more than 9,000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”
Embrace the “hard”
You are going to face hard times. Wrap your brain around that right now. The quicker you embrace the pain, hurt, and suffering of what you want to accomplish, the more likely you will persevere when you need to the most.
The things that are most worth pursuing in life take time, effort, consistency, and perseverance.
I spent months chasing “get rich quick” internet schemes, online business courses, and articles promising to give me everything I needed to set up an automated passive income machine.
These are all pipe dreams.
They may seem too good to be true because they are. The person on the other side of the website likely worked for months if not years pouring the heart, time, and money into it. Don’t be so easily taken by lofty promises.
You will face times trying to achieve your goals where you will want to give up entirely.
Do it anyway.
Side note: I highly recommend reading Mel Robbin’s “The 5 Second Rule” (not an affiliate link).
Consistency and perseverance are what got “successful people” to where they are today. It’s about the long game. Endurance. But, it’s more than about not giving up.
It’s about taking action every day in spite of your emotions.
Recognize when you are making an excuse, ask yourself why you are making an excuse, and take action. If you have a better understanding of the points when you want to give up, you can begin to undo your perspective and change your mind.
Tell yourself, “yes, this is hard right now, but it won’t always be this way and perhaps there is a lesson here.”
It is hard for me not to go out to eat every weekend and eat whatever I want. It is hard to resist purchasing the latest gadget or video game. But, instant gratification is too great a cost for my health and the feeling I will have being debt-free.
Your dreams and goals are worth more than your excuses and the “hard” right now!
What do you do when you face an obstacle or a pain point in achieving your goals? Tell me in the comments below!