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All excuses are bullshit. I hate them! They piss me off.They cause you to settle for a life less than the one you deserve to lead. They get in your way and allow you to avoid facing your fears.
It’s not just that they are insidious in the way they infiltrate your life, but they paralyze you. They tie you up. You can’t move forward. And so you settle for status quo.
I hate that for you. You deserve better! YOU are better!!!
So this is what we’re gonna do. I’m gonna call these bastards out–by name! You’re gonna be able to see them coming a mile away and when they slither up into your life’s garden, you’re gonna grab your hoe and chop their frickin’ heads off!
You know what excuses are–beliefs you hold that allow you to abdicate responsibility for your own life. You learned to become a proficient excuse-maker as a child, no doubt; and then as an adult, you developed an expertise in excuse making.
On Thursday, I’ll be posting a podcast talking more about this topic and on Friday, I’m going to post about the two types of excuses we make and why we make them.
In the mean time, let’s look at some additional examples of excuses that we use to avoid our fears.
I have responsibilities now. (Conversely, others may tell you, “You need to be responsible”)
It is bad timing.
I need this job.
I don’t have the right education/connections/experience.
I just need my big break.
All of these excuses are snakes and you need to chop their heads off!
If you are feeling guilt or shame about something, you can be pretty sure that there is a snake lurking. The expectation others have of you creates shame. Your expectation of yourself creates guilt.
It is really easy for these snakes to slither in and offer excuses to alleviate the uncomfortable feelings of shame and guilt. Once you accept an excuse to lean on, it takes the pressure off of you.
What do you do once you recognize them, though? After you’ve ripped them out of your life. What then?
You’ve Eradicated the Pests…Now What?
If you don’t have your excuses to rely on, what do you do?
Years ago, I used my arts degree as an excuse for not being successful in my career. I have a music degree. I don’t have training in business.
This fact is true. I do have a music degree. But it was merely an excuse. When I surrendered that excuse, I replaced it with a more powerful belief.
I love helping people. Business is about helping people. I can help people, and I can be successful in business.
It takes balls. You gotta be courageous. You have to grab your dreams with your own hands and pull them out of the clouds and slam those puppies down on the foundation of your own reality.
In other words, you gotta take responsibility!
The excuses are just veils for the fears you don’t want to face. You have them. I have them. We all have them. Good news is that when you muster the courage to look ‘em dead in the eyes, you’ll find that your fears will always be the first to flinch.
That’s cuz they’re just fakers. Your fears are based on the beliefs you have bought into and used as excuses for why you won’t live your life with power. Once you recognize that, then you realize that YOU are the real deal!
This doesn’t mean that your circumstances are unreal. Hear me on this. This doesn’t mean that the things you have used as excuses are not there. It simply means that you do not need to use them as an excuse any more.
Excuses are just facts that we’ve twisted into lies. The facts remain. But you can always create new facts. You can always choose a different belief.
What will you choose?
I would love to hear some of the excuses that have held you back and how you set them aside. What are the empowering beliefs that you have chosen instead? Please share them in the comments below so we can all encourage and inspire each other.