Dare To Live Without Limits

Bryan Golden

Excuses are limitation on accomplishment

Excuses are used to justify why a particular goal cannot be achieved. In essence, excuses justify failure. By attempting to formulate a plausible reason for failure, any incentive to succeed is eliminated. Excuses condition a person to accept failure rather than to strive for success.
While some people make excuses for why something is impossible, others find ways to get it done. Excuse makers are adept at articulating why something can't be done. Successful people specialize in finding ways dreams can be transformed into reality.
The excuses are many and often rather creative. "I don't have time." "I don't know how." "It won't work." "It's not possible." "What will others think?" "No one I know is doing it." "I tried it once and it didn't work." "The odds are against success." "I will be laughed at.” "I had a bad experience." "My parents discouraged me." "I'm not smart enough."
For every excuse that's been concocted, there is a person who has refused to be limited by it. If you think you can't do something, you will make excuses. If you believe you can succeed, you will find a way. Successful people don't waste a minute dwelling on excuses.
Excuses are a limitation. They prevent accomplishment. As you get in the habit of using excuses, they become an automatic response when facing challenges. Excuses are the path of least resistance that avoid risk and therefore guarantee failure.
One of the reasons people make excuses is because they don't truly believe in themselves. They have self-imposed limitations preventing attainment of their goals. They don't recognize the restrictions they put on themselves. They genuinely believe in the validity of their excuses.
Even though a person may use excuses to justify inaction, feelings of dissatisfaction will still form. Watching others achieve their goals will invariably exacerbate these feelings, even if only subconsciously.
Rather than making excuses, why not concentrate your efforts on finding a path to your desired destination. You may have numerous excuses but you only need one reason for succeeding. One reason to succeed is more potent than dozens of excuses. Additionally, success is infinitely more satisfying than failure. But you have to be willing to discard your excuses. Your reason to succeed can be simply, "I really want this to work." With a burning desire, you will find a way.
Changing your approach begins with recognizing your own unlimited potential. Any chains holding you back are of your own design. These chains have taken years to forge. They won't be broken overnight.
You must believe in yourself. Within you lies the ability to find at least one reason to succeed. Once you find it, you have to focus on it to the exclusion of all other mental distractions. Any temptation to revert to excuses has to be resisted. Distractions from others will abound. As if you can't do it yourself, other people will suggest excuses for you to use. Ignore these as well.
Your objective is to focus on where you want to go and figure out how to get there. Giving in to any excuse will halt your journey. Should this happen, you have to get up and keep going. Just because you become sidetracked, you don't have to give up.
Fighting off excuses is an ongoing battle. Even the most determined individuals deal with this. Successful people aren't deterred by excuses; they look past them, keeping their destination in clear view.
Starting today, don't make any more excuses. Grab hold of one reason to succeed. Fan your desire. Let no person or thought deter you. You can do it.

NOW AVAILABLE: "Dare to Live Without Limits," the book. Visit www.BryanGolden.com or your bookstore. Bryan is a management consultant, motivational speaker, author, and adjunct professor. E-mail Bryan at bryan@columnist.com or write him c/o this paper.  2024 Bryan Golden


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