It never ceases to amaze me, the sorry excuses I’ve made at various points along my journey; reasons why I couldn’t (or wouldn’t) reach my goals + dreams.
We all do it…let our fears, our shortcomings, and our circumstances stand in the way of our success. We want to build thriving businesses, we WANT to reach our goals (REALLY, we do!), but we still make some sorry-ass excuses for not going after them.
Here, are three of the most common excuses…if you’re currently using any one of these, now’s the time to ditch it and step up to your success!
The Sorriest Excuses You Ever Did Use (Do You Want to Live Your Dream Life, or Not?)
Excuse #1: “I don’t have [enough funds, the right talent, sufficient time, etc.], therefore I’ll never be successful”.
The Anecdote: Have you heard the phrase “where there’s a will, there’s a way”? It certainly takes supreme motivation (the will) to get where you want to go, but it also takes out-of-the-box creative thinking to FIND that way around your supposed shortcoming. Watch this video for inspiration, and vow to be like THAT guy, and find an alternative route to your flourishing success!
Excuse #2: “I don’t have anything unique to offer, so how can I possibly build the thriving business my heart desires?”
The Anecdote: Snowflakes are beautiful, are they not? At a glance, they all look the same, until you examine them more closely and realize each one has a completely unique pattern, shape, and size! And YOU are equally unique. So, take the time to discover what your gifts are, notice the nuanced ways that you interact + share + care with the world, and realize that you DO have something special to offer, after all!
…and, my personal favorite (I fall victim to this one quite often):
Excuse #3: “I’m afraid of being overwhelmed by success. With each new step, comes the distinct possibility of criticism, more work than I can handle, too many demands on my time, unwanted e-mail stalkers, etc.”
The Anecdote: Firstly, remember that risk, and the unknown of it, are all part of healthy growth. You want to get to the next level of biz success, and it’s necessary to stick your neck out to do that. But thankfully, you’re the BOSS of your business, which means you can choose to hire an assistant to help, you don’t HAVE to answer every little e-mail that comes into your inbox, nor do you have to take on every project that comes to you. Project management software, e-mail sorting tools, hired help, and the word “NO” are your friends!
So, now that your excuses have no room to hide, what crazy-flourishing things will you do to grow your business and reach your dreams? Tell me about your plans, in the comments below (let’s get some accountability going here!).
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About Barbara Austin
As the graphic designer & founder of Sweet Dreamz Design, Barbara loves working with women entrepreneurs to brand their businesses. She shares a variety of small business advice and anecdotes here on the blog. Check back every week for new tips, inspirations, and how-to articles, or subscribe to get regular updates in your inbox each week!