When grappling with a big decision or making a significant life change, it’s amazing how easy it is to come up with excuses not to move forward. After a while, the excuses multiply and build off of one another. If you’ve reached this point, you’ve created such an intense fear of starting in your mind, there’s almost no way you’ll make the decision. And you’re off the hook. No risk of failing, because you haven’t even started!
We’ve all had these feelings of not wanting to fail, so we self-sabotage. Similarly, if something is going to be hard, we start down the path of making excuses rather than just going after it. You know, that new workout routine, eating better foods, mending or ending strained relationships, starting or quitting a new job—there are a million ways to make excuses and avoid being uncomfortable or the dreaded “f” word—failing.
But excuses are so lame. I’ve been making a few for myself over the past few months about why I haven’t started moving forward on a new business idea that I have. And I’ve reached the point where I’m getting disgusted with myself and my lack of decision.
I haven’t even been creative with my lame excuses sticking to the usual:
“I don’t have enough time.”
“What I want to do is going to be hard to get started.”
“I need more education/training/information/research before starting.”
So, I’m calling myself out for my bullsh*t, putting a plan together, and getting started. Because if I really manage my time more efficiently, I will have more of it. Sure, it will be hard getting started, but so are a lot of things that are worthwhile. And, I don’t need more of anything—just less excuses.
What are you making excuses for in your life or business? What can you do to move beyond self-doubt and get started? Then get to work!
Piggy-backing on the excuse of not having enough time … there is no excuse to not be cooking healthy food in your own kitchen. I’ve found 2 appliances that I use every day and I’ll share with you how I’m using them to prepare delicious, healthy meals even though I’m “too busy.”
Until then, stay on your toes!