Do you often make excuses when you’re not able to achieve a certain set goal? You are not alone!
Sometimes, things don’t unfold as planned; and instead of continuing your journey towards your objective, you give up and make excuses to free yourself of the guilt.
Excuses sound great for a while. They justify your unwillingness to act and soothe your mind. Consequently, you feel relieved and are able to live with your failed expectations. You earn a bonus too – people around you sympathize with you. As a result, you start believing that you are better off without/incapable of achieving your goals.
Here are eight commonly used excuses that people make when they’re tempted to give up on their aspirations.
I Do Not Have Adequate Resources
It is easy to rationalize your inaction by saying, “I will begin when I have the time, money, education, and experience.” Often, you wait for the availability of adequate resources to start off and end up making more excuses as time goes by. Soon, you get caught in this vicious circle of excuses and find it impossible to achieve something you once cared a great deal about.
The answer to such excuses lies in discipline and perseverance. Lionel Messi once said in an interview, “It took me 17 years and 114 days to be an overnight success.” There is no shortcut to success and everyone (including extraordinary people) has 24 hours in a day. You must manage within the available resources.
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If you feel you lack the funds to realize your goal, think about ways to raise funds. Classify your expenses into ‘Important and Urgent” and “Important, but Not Urgent.’ The latter expenses can wait, while you invest in something worthwhile. Resources will join in as you begin, so get to work!
It’s Not the Right Time to Begin
This is one of the most common excuses that people make to escape pursuing their dreams. Several people live in a willful illusion that it will always be better to start later. They continue to procrastinate until their goals seem unachievable. According to a new survey, 40% of the Nigerian population experienced financial losses owing to the habit of procrastination.
The truth is, there is no such thing as the perfect time. If you do not act now, you will regret it later. Regrets of inaction in the past can be extremely painful. Overcome this excuse by asking yourself, “What is the smallest step I can take that will get me started now?” When you are clear and can get going, the momentum will keep you on the path that leads towards your goals.
It Is Extremely Risky
Everyone wants to control their own lives. The fear of not being in control of the outcomes can stop you from chasing your dreams. Taking risks means you are no more in control of the situation. However, the paradox is that not taking risks doesn’t give you any control either.
Everything you do involves risks. The risks you take can have a positive or a negative impact on your life. Nevertheless, your current situation is your only chance to test your tenacity to overcome the challenges life throws at you.
To overcome the fear of taking risks, try reverse psychology on yourself. Behave in a confident manner and tell yourself that you are fully convinced about taking this risk. Fake it until you make it and you will experience the anxiety dissolve in no time.