The purpose of the 7 Daily Nuggets is to teach us what we need to know to live a prosperous life; the things that we may not have learned or are not currently learning in church, school, home or at work. Let’s apply what we learn here and share these nuggets with others. We make a living by what we get; we make a life by what we give. Be a giver in a world of takers.
Excuses are useless, results are priceless!
What we think are valid reasons are often excuses in disguise. Excuses come from negative self-talk.
Turn excuses into reasons. Turn excuses into positive energy to accomplish something worthwhile.
Excusitis is a failure disease and it can be contagious. They symptoms can be subtle and difficult to self-diagnose. Learn to diagnose and cure yourself from the number one failure disease.
Pay close attention to your thoughts and what you say to yourself and to those around you.
Here are 7 common excuses and how to self-diagnose and to get rid of it:
1. I don’t have time. No one does. What are you so busy about? We all fill our lives with frivolous things. We have to make time. Focus on what matters most. Distractions lead to ditches. The only way to have time is to invest time in something that allows us to get our time back.
2. I don’t have money. Stop spending money and start investing money. What percentage of your income are you investing in yourself? If you are not investing at least 3% of your income to get better, you are falling behind. Pay for the right information. The only way to get what we want is to invest first; be it time or money. Do you know where your money is going? Do you have a budget and follow it?
3. Money is not important to me. This is a big one that I often hear. Those that say that money is not important to them usually have no money. The funny thing is that they are working for money in a job they don’t even like. Money is important to everyone. Master the basics of personal finance if you want to avoid a financial crash. For most people money is their master instead of being their slave. Flip around; money is a great slave.
4. I can’t do it. If you think you can or can’t either way you are right. Anything worthwhile is difficult are first. Our beliefs become our reality. Get the right information to change your thinking and your beliefs.
5. I don’t know what to do. Ask for help. Get started. Whatever you are doing, likely others have done before you. Mastery comes from repetition. A genius has to repeat 50 times a task before really knowing it; the normal person 200 times. Have to humility to say you don’t know. Faking it is a lame excuse.
6. I am not smart enough. Don’t have a formal education/training? The only true education is self-education. Go to the library. Invest in great books. Start your own library. Just about all houses worth over half one million dollars have a library in them. Reading the right books and associating with the right people will get you anywhere you want to go. First you have to define where you want to go. Then find people that have been there. Have the humility to ask them and you will get some priceless advice. Follow through and do what they recommend you to do. Just do it!
7. I don’t want to change. Take a close look into yourself. Change is the only constant in our lives. Learn how to deal with change. You can never take your old self to a bright new future. We all need to change and grow. If you are not green and growing you are ripe and rotting. The only way to deal with change is to keep learning. Go over the two knobs keeping you being the same; the TV and the house door knobs.
We can either make excuses or make a difference but we cannot make both.
Be blessed and be a blessing to others.
Carlos Fontana, President of Phalanx
Co-author of the book Follow to Lead (The 7 Principles to Being a Great Follower)
Author of the book PRICELESS (Sixty-Six Simple Stories of Reflection, Love, and Legacy)