Overtime I came to realise that people blame the government, their parents, their neighbour, their teacher, their dog or anything under the sun for lack of progress in their lives. They use excuses to legitimise their position in life.
I fully agree with Howard Wright for stating that “excuses are lies wrapped up in reasons”.
Here are some excuses that people use to avoid taking responsibility for their lives:
There are no opportunities out there
This is a strange one because when I ask people what opportunities are they looking for, the answer is a pathetic “anything”. This response begs the question, if you don’t know what you’re looking for, what are you expecting to find? The answer I guess is anything. On the other hand, those who seem to have an idea of what they are looking for, complain about things being tough. As Thomas Edison said “opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work”. People who succeed see opportunities where whiners see obstacles. Dreamers persevere and understand that quitting is not an option.
I don’t have resources
I hear this one mainly from people looking for work. They request that you type them a resume, or check available jobs for them on the internet. Others complain about lack of information to get started. Sadly, these are people with latest cell phone models busy chatting about other people’s lives on Facebook. Those who yearn for success go out of their way to connect with progressive networks on social media. They use technology not to take countless selfies, but to research, increase their knowledge and search for opportunities out there. They are resourceful because they want to achieve great things in life. Both these groups use the social media, but the object of focus put dreamers ahead of the crowd.
I don’t have time
I noticed that when people are presented with opportunities, they complain about lack of time. When you look at their lives you start to wonder what is it that they’re doing with their time. Successful people engage their time in income generating activities or healthy life engagements. If you want to succeed you cut all things that drain your mental, spiritual and physical strength. You invest your energy and focus on productive tasks that will bring you lasting success.
It is not for me, my life is okay the way it is
I am not suggesting that people should fall for everything presented to them. I am referring to people who are afraid to challenge their comfort zones. Instead, they escape into “its not for me” excuse. I see this a lot in direct selling business where people are keen to join, however they allow fear of the unknown to paralyse them. As Jimmy Dean stated, “for true success, ask yourself these four questions: why? Why not? Why not me? Why not now? People who are hungry for success grab the opportunity and learn along the way. They do not wait for conditions to be perfect. They give themselves permission to be uncomfortable.
I don’t have the money
The major obstacles that man has, is his lack of ideas to help generate money. We think that we first need to have money to generate ideas. Unfortunately, life does not work that way. Sometimes we don’t even have to come up with our own ideas but we can jump on the bandwagon of others’ ideas and start investing wisely. As Will Rogers said “too many people spend money they haven’t earned to buy things they don’t want, to impress people they don’t like”. Use the little that you have and channel it to worthy projects that will change your life instead of impressing others.
Life was never meant to be easy and dreamers understand that life should be taken head on. Your excuses will never change your circumstances, pay your bills or give your meaningful existence. Wake up and smell the coffee.