Overcoming Excuses: The Key to Achieving Your Goals

Finding an excuse is the easiest thing in the world. No matter the situation, we can always find one.

I can’t do it today because something more important came up, so I will leave it to be put off until tomorrow, or maybe even next week.

I know I can do it, I just don’t think now is the right time; the markets are down, the weather is bad, it’s too cold, it’s too warm, my parents are visiting this weekend, my cat is ill, the dishwasher needs fixing, I need to buy a new car…

The list is endless!

I’m just as guilty of this as the next person, too.

We have just moved into a new home, and not all of our furniture has arrived yet, including my office furniture, which will arrive next week.

Consequently, every day when I think about completing the next module of my leadership course, I try to tell myself that the office furniture doesn’t arrive until next week, so we should wait until then. But in reality, I have everything I need to complete it right here.

But I am procrastinating, I’m looking for an excuse, one that will justify putting it off, delaying it until next week, and taking the easy option.

This is not what successful people do!

Successful people ignore the excuses, they do what needs doing, and they do it now.

We have to train ourselves to recognise the difference between an excuse and a valid reason.

And it can’t be just something as simple as trying to figure out what is more important, because often it is us who attach importance to something, so we can make trivial things look and feel more important, especially if we really want to put something off.

Our brains are very powerful and when we have them focused on finding excuses and reasons why we should not do something today we can become very creative, and also very convincing.

We have to do the same thing with our goals and the tasks we really want to achieve, we need to attach the highest importance to them and use them as the excuse for not doing all of the other things which whilst interesting, don’t really move us forward towards our goals.

So if you want to be successful, you need to be able to recognise excuses, those little time thief’s that steal away the time you could be spending on your goals and focus on making progress each and every day.

That is the quickest way to success, nothing was ever achieved in record time by putting it off until tomorrow!

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