Ah, excuses. We’re all guilty of making excuses to get out of things we don’t feel like doing, or trying. The scary thing is that excuses might sometimes appear to be harmless, when the truth is that they’re actually capable of causing so much damage – such as standing in the way of your success, and preventing you from reaching your potential.
Making excuses is actually a bad habit. So when you find that excuses come to you naturally, it might be because you’re so used to coming up with them so as to avoid things. But think about it: are you really benefiting yourself in any way when you make these excuses? Apart from losing out on new experiences, you’re also preventing yourself from achieving greatness.
Today, Evolve Daily reveals 9 Excuses That Are Preventing You From Unleashing Your Greatness:
1) I’m too busy
Does this sound familiar? Well, it’s probably because this is one of the most convenient excuses to dish out – and the best part is that it applies to heaps of situations. But when you think about it, everyone has the same 24 hours everyday. So how is it that some people are way more productive than others? One thing’s for sure though, those who achieve more things in a day are the ones who will never be “too busy”.
2) I don’t have time
This is a variation of the “too busy” excuse. Again, it’s commonly used especially when you don’t feel like doing things such as go the gym, hang out with some friends, or run errands. But the thing is, you always have the time to binge watch a TV series, go shopping, or do whatever you’re in the mood to do. If you make this excuse on a frequent basis, perhaps you should figure what’s taking up all your time and of course, prioritize what’s truly important.
3) I don’t have money
The problem with excuses is that sometimes you let them control you. Yes, you might not have a lot of money now – and while you can’t control that, you need to remember that you have the power to overcome it. For starters, you could start saving money, or maybe just see this lack of money as an opportunity to get out there and try new (not-so-expensive) things!
4) I’m too fat / unfit
Well, that’s probably what a fit person was like before he/she made the decision to change his/her life. Everyone has to start somewhere, and it doesn’t matter whether you’re in shape or not. What truly counts is the fact that you’re willing to do something about it, rather than complain about being out of shape and then proceeding to make excuses to avoid the gym.
5) I’m too young / old
Again, this is a variation of the “fat / unfit” excuse. Although there might be days when you don’t feel young or old enough to do certain things, you can’t let that ultimately stop you from trying! After all, you really have nothing to lose and a new experience to gain. So the next time you feel this excuse at the tip of your tongue, ready to slip out, remember that age is just a number. You’re never too young or too old to achieve greatness.
6) I don’t know how to do it
It doesn’t matter whether it’s Muay Thai, swimming or drawing. No one knew how to do it at the start, and no one was born knowing how to do it. As scary as it might seem to try new things, believe us – it’s totally worth it to get out of your comfort zone and explore. Apart from expanding your horizons, you’d also pick up new skills, and who knows, you might just end up finding an awesome new hobby!
7) People will laugh at me
The question here is: does it matter? At the end of the day, you’d be the one benefiting from trying out that new thing – not them. And trust us when we say that you’re just overthinking! Most of the time, people would be so caught up in their own lives that they don’t even notice what you’re doing. So just focus on yourself, and do what you have to do!
8) It’s impossible
When you give this excuse and believe that something is impossible, it really will be – simply because you’re setting limits for yourself. The problem with this is that nothing is actually beyond you. In fact, the only limits that exist are the ones that are in your mind. We suggest trying something that seems impossible and/or scary and then conquering it. Believe us, there’s nothing more satisfying than getting out of your comfort zone, and then growing from your experience.
9) This isn’t the right time
Although timing may sometimes seem important, every moment is precious, and it’s always a perfect time to try something new or do what you have to do. Successful people always make it a point to seize the day, and make every moment count, rather than come up with excuses and wait around for the “perfect” time. So learn from them, and don’t let timing affect you anymore!
Are you going to stop making these excuses once and for all? All of us at Evolve Daily believe that you’ve got what it takes to unleash your greatness, so go forth and be awesome!