Excuses will always stand in the way of your success. I once had a boss who never permitted the use of excuses in the discharge of one’s duties. You simply had to deliver, somehow, someway. It might sound too extreme, but it helped us get creative and find solutions that we may not have been able to, if excuses were permitted .
I’ll do it tomorrow. It is a commonly used excuse that can stop us from getting started. “After all, tomorrow doesn’t seem so far”. Tomorrow will always be the next day or the day after the next day or even the next week, leading to a never-ending spiral. It builds into a maze that will be so difficult to find the exit. Remove it from your vocabulary. Take action and start now!
I’m too old. My five-year old cousin would always look at her two-year old brother and sigh saying, “you know you’re too small. I’m so old so you had better listen to me! That never fails to produce a snortle from me when I look at the tiny bundle calling herself old! Deep down, we all see ourselves as old. I do not have a clear answer for the reason, maybe we are just wired to think that way. Your age is not a deciding factor on your ability or potentials. I see people in their eighties doing exploits that make me look like a “lazy weakling” in comparison. Stop! Stop with the excuse of your age and go for that dream of yours.
What if I fail? In my earlier published article “Just ahead Splat!”, I referred to Thomas Edison as the father of perseverance. I will summarize him again. He failed 999times before he screamed “Eureka”. When that vocabulary comes up, counter-attack it with “What if I pass?”. Failure should be seen as a step to success and not as an insurmountable obstacle.
In my next post, I will be taking you on more phrases to avoid to ensure that you get to the desired level of success you seek. So, get your work clothes on and start vacuuming these words off your vocabulary! It has no place in your head if you want to succeed!