“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If not, you’ll find an excuse.” – Jim Rohn.
Do you have difficulty in achieving your goals? Do you find that you start your goals, but rarely see them through to the end? If so, it’s likely you’ve been making excuses.
Irrespective of whether your goal is to start an online business, write a book, start a blog, achieve your fitness goals or anything else, excuses enter your mind and your life and prevent you from achieving the things you want to achieve.
If you want to achieve your goals, you must raise your standards and start to live an excuse free life. There are a few practices I’ve put in place to rid my life of excuses and ensure I achieve my goals and dreams:
1. IS THIS IMPORTANT ENOUGH TO ME?
One of the biggest reasons we make excuses is because something is simply not important enough to us. As Debbie Millman said, “busy is a decision.” I’ve spoken about this before however, we are now living in a society that uses busy as a badge. It has become a cultural cache to use the excuse “I am too busy” for anything we don’t feel like doing.
When we use busy as an excuse for not doing something, what we are really saying is that it’s not a priority. It’s important to be honest with yourself, determine what’s important to you, and simply make the time to do it. If something is not important to you, simply acknowledge the fact, cut your losses and move on to the next thing – the thing that you really want to be doing.
2. WHAT WOULD THIS LOOK LIKE IF IT WERE EASY?
Another reason we give up on our goals and dreams is because it becomes too hard. In fact if it were easy, everyone would be doing it. So the question is, what would this look like if it were easy?
“What would this look like if it were easy?” is the questions Tim Ferriss has asked himself during times of stress and information overwhelm. This also led him to the following question:
“But what happens if we frame things in terms of elegance instead of strain?”
His answer to this is, “Sometimes, we find incredible results with ease instead of stress. Sometimes, we solve the problem by completely reframing it.”
So by simply asking yourself the question what would this look like if it were easy, it can lead you to overcome some of your greatest obstacles and challenges. It can allow you to have a clear runway for you to take off and execute on some of your biggest, most challenging tasks and goals.
3.WHAT LIMITING SELF-BELIEFS AM I TELLING MYSELF?
Identifying and overcoming your limiting self-beliefs is imperative if you want to live an excuse-free life. Limiting self beliefs are those tiny little lies we tell ourselves. Those little lies that tell us:
I can’t do that, I’m too ___________________ (insert tall / short / skinny / fat / poor / unintelligent / boring / unlucky… you get the drift).
Limiting self-beliefs create hindrances on our growth and development. They instill fear and consequently, prevent us from living life to our fullest potential. They talk us out of our goals and dreams, and move us back into our tiny little comfort zones.
What are some of the stories you’ve been telling yourself? Write them down, identify them, and then kick them to the curb. Those tiny little thoughts are what are preventing you from living life as the highest, truest version of you.
LIVING AN EXCUSE FREE LIFE
Are you striving towards living an excuse free life? What are some of the systems or practices you’ve put in place to be able to start getting what you want out of life? I would love to hear your thoughts, please leave your comments below!