Let Excuses Be Gone…

As you know the only thing that is stopping you from changing and improving your life is you.

I believe that now is a good time to evaluate the progress you have made this year and to prepare the year ahead so that you stand in good stead.

The key question is what is the thing you have been postponing forever, you know it needs to be done however you keep finding excuses not to do it?

It is time to sit down, let go of excuses, draw your plan of action and execute.

Do you make the following excuses?

  • “I’ll do it tomorrow!”
  • “I don’t have enough time”
  • “Tomorrow I will have more time!”
  • “This can wait”
  • “I am too old”
  • “I am too young”
  • “I don’t know enough”
  • “I don’t have any support”
  • “I am not talented enough”
  • “I was rejected as a child”
  • “I am from a poor background”
  • “I don’t know if it will work”
  • “Maybe I am not meant to succeed”
  • “I am not smart enough”
  • “I am not ready”
  • “I am a bit of a hoarder”
  • “I have been like this all my life” etc.

As a consequence:

  1. What dream have you been postponing because of the above excuses?
  2. What has been holding you back as a result of the above excuses?
  3. What is the thing you have been procrastinating about for a while now?

Whatever your excuse may be you cannot change, improve your life or progress with the ‘Ain’t it awful’ mindset.

What you need instead is to align your actions with your thinking in order to level up.

For example, if you have been meaning to enrol on a course for ages but you still have not done it, there are several reasons why you might be procrastinating:

  • You dread the amount of work this course entails so you postpone it as much as possible
  • You know it will require a lot of your time and you will have to make some sacrifices like less socialising, less family time, and more studying etc.
  • It requires your 100% commitment and you are not ready to give it.

If you are fed up with making excuses and you want instead to rise up to the challenge I encourage you to continue reading….

With the new year around the corner you want to have as little as unfinished goals as possible. Therefore, I invite you to start completing your in-completes now.

However, there might be a case where you have been beating yourself up too much due to perfectionism. Stop beating yourself up…

  • If the very thing you wanted to have done is incomplete or you never got it started it might be because it is not that important to you after all. In this case, you simply need to remove it from your list of things to do. However, if it is important I would like you to look at the list of excuses above and see whether any of it rings true to you.

In addition, I invite you to clear up your messes

  • What are the things you have been holding on to, you no longer want to take with you in 2019?

This very empowering question allows you to lighten up your load, to overcome overwhelm and to start the new year afresh.

Too many excuses hold you back and it is time to rise up so that you can take your life to the next level.

As always remember, YES! you can

Relevant questions:

  • Are you willing and able to let excuses be gone in order to change and improve your life?
  • What are the things you have been holding on to, you no longer want to take with you in 2019?

Relevant resources:

Prescriptions for Self Confidence

3 Steps to stay on Track and Keep Your Resolution

3 Ways to Create Change (video)