When You Make Excuses You Chain Yourself To Mediocrity…
When something is important to you, you will find a way to make it happen or get it done. When something is important and you know you should do something, but do not, you make excuses. I see this every day of my life. People use excuses to justify lack of action and many people use many excuses.
“I cannot lose weight because of x, y, z…”
“I cannot get a better paying job because of x, y, z…”
“I cannot get ahead because of x, y, z…”
And my favorite excuse (and the biggest lie) of all time…”I can’t get more done because I just don’t have time.”
What if we decided to commit ourselves to a single positive action instead of allowing ourselves to wallow in the mud of making excuses? What if instead of complaining about the lack of time, we committed to getting a little more organized and learned about time management?
There was a period in my life when I was the king of using excuses to justify my mediocrity. When I stopped and took responsibility, my life changed for ever. I wrote down specific things I wanted to achieve and I designed a plan to reach my goals. Every time I failed I would say out loud, “I didn’t do my best, but I will this time.” And off I went to try harder.
Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that there are legit reasons that might make reaching goals more difficult for some. For instance, a reason someone might have a hard time running is that they have had both legs amputated. But if that person decided to run a mile, they could do so by running on their hands. I’ve actually watched a video on Facebook about this very story.
I’ve also watched a guy with no hands type with his feet. And a man with no arms play the guitar with his toes.
I believe anyone is capable of accomplishing anything. It might take them longer. It might take more than one attempt. They might have to demonstrate more resolve. They might experience more failed attempts. But they can do it.
In the end, people have extraordinary abilities as long as they don’t limit themselves by making excuses.