Daily Short-hOPT: No More Excuses

“You cannot change what you refuse to confront.”

“No matter how many mistakes you make or how slow you progress, you are still way ahead of everyone who isn’t trying.”

“If you really want to do something, you’ll find a way. If you don’t, you’ll find an excuse.”

“You don’t drown by falling in the water. You drown by staying there.”

(All quotes pulled from http://www.marcandangel.com/2012/06/08/60-quotes-change-the-way-you-think/ )

There are a million reasons why you can’t do something. There are a million excuses for why you can’t accomplish a goal. Unfortunately, for a lot of us, there is generally only one real reason why we can’t do or be: we’re not willing to try.

There is a litany of reasons (excuses) why we tend to desire a comfortable bubble instead of sticking our necks out. Mostly, we’re afraid. We’re afraid to fail. We’re afraid that we’re not good enough. We’re afraid to be mocked or ridiculed. Here’s the thing: fear is a normal, physical and emotional reaction to change. It’s always going to be there, whether we want to acknowledge that or not. Further, we will never know if we’re “good enough” unless we try. Adding to that sentiment, if your fear stems from measuring yourself against someone else, therein lies your problem. You’re not someone else, so comparing yourself to someone else is frivolous and counterproductive. You’re you. Be you. Even further, if you fear ridicule, remember that change and effort outside the norm will always come with some level of disdain, and that is simply because your ability to move outside your comfort zone makes others uncomfortable. So, you bucking the norm makes others want to bring you back down to it. Don’t fall into that trap.

Case in point: in recent dealings with a co-worker, we found ourselves in a set of unfortunate circumstances. In order to reach any level of success, we absolutely had to go outside the norm and think of new solutions to present problems. For every idea I would put forth, there were three or four reasons (excuses) presented for why it couldn’t be done. As I mentioned in a previous post, I can’t stand complaint without action. In that vein, progress is currently at a standstill. The reason (excuse) for that is an unwillingness to try. It is incumbent upon me to not allow this to be a reason (excuse) for me not to succeed.

Obviously we’re all different. Some of us enjoy a challenge. Some prefer to stay status quo. Much greater people than I have said this in much greater ways, but the reality is this: if you’re willing to stand pat, you had better be willing to remain rooted where you stand. There is no progress without action, and no success is achieved without effort.

Greatness isn’t measured by fear, inaction or lack of effort. It’s measured by overcoming fear and obstacles, having the guts to stand out, and possessing an unrivaled work ethic.

Get rid of your reasons (excuses).

Have an awesome Tuesday,

-A.

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