“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.”
― Benjamin Franklin
“But I’m too old.”
“But I don’t have enough experience.”
“But someone else has probably already done this.”
How many times have you heard a friend, family member, or loved one explain how they haven’t achieved their dreams using the word “but”?
How many times have you heard yourself using the same excuses?
It’s no coincidence. Countless people let this simple three-letter word – and the self-limiting beliefs behind it – keep them feeling stuck and unfulfilled both in their lives and their careers.
To put it simply, a “self-limiting belief” is a thought or assumption that you have about yourself and about the way the world works.
They’re “self-limiting” because they stop you from achieving what you’re truly capable of.
And beliefs lead to actions – or a lack of action.
Think of it like this:
Have you ever noticed the dips in the road where cars have worn grooves in the asphalt over time?
The long-term effects of heavy trucks and countless cars and buses driving in the same spot, year after year, change the surface of the road.
The more you tell yourself that your dreams are impossible, that you’re incapable, or that the world just isn’t fair, you’re doing the same thing to your mind.
Your self-doubt patterns are wearing deep grooves and are telling you to say “but” instead of “I can.”
“No” instead of “yes.”
Before you can do anything about it though, you need to find out why you’re making excuses for yourself.
Is it fear? Not having enough knowledge? A general lack of confidence?
Take some time to think about why you feel you can’t…
And then work on how you can.
Luckily, it’s a new month and February happens to be “No Excuses Month.”
That business idea you’ve had for years….the job promotion you deserve…planning for the retirement of your dreams…. no matter how “impossible”, you can find the inner strength to make your dreams come true sooner than you ever thought possible.
And if you’ve taken the time to identify your “whys,” then you’re ready for the next step.
If you want to remove the biggest roadblock to your success, take the “but” out of your vocabulary.
Check out my best-selling book, All Buts Stink!
In it, we dive into time management, accountability, fear, and more, equipping you with the tools you need to face your biggest fears head-on, and the mindset you need to make it work instead of making excuses.
So, it’s time to get started. This month, identify your whys, take “but” out of your vocabulary and write yourself a new story.
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