June 16: Stop Making Excuses and Achieve Greatness

Seriously, knock it off.

All too often in life, we find ourselves making excuses for ourselves.  We are afraid to take risks.  We are scared of the unknown.  We are afraid to step outside of what is comfortable to us.  We are afraid to leave what is safe.

We are standing in our own way.

We work our way through high school and college.  From our first job to our first career. We work for years to build a life that for all intents and purposes is SAFE.  We begin to fill our life with “…but…”

“I should start my own business, I could TOTALLY do that better….. but, I don’t know the first thing about starting a business, so I will just go back to my 8-5 cubicle job where I hate my life but will never stick my neck out achieve greatness”

Who said you have to quit your job tomorrow and start a new business?  Find a business partner, a buddy who DOES know about business, or hey, go read a book. Go back to school. You CAN educate yourself to know how to run a business, but sitting there talking about it is just making you more bitter.  Get out there, make a decision and start controlling your own happiness.

“I really want to take that 2 week vacation to Europe…. but it will cost a lot of money and I can’t be away from work for 2 whole weeks like that, so I will sit here and look at pictures of castles and Mediterranean beaches while I plan my 4-day weekend, the longest vacation I have ever taken”

Take that vacation, trust me, the work will be there when you get back.  That is why you work 40-50 hour work weeks, to make this money.  Great, it sits in a savings account while you continue being miserable.  Spend the money, take the vacation, enjoy the hell out of it.  YOU DESERVE IT.

“I want to lose this extra 20lbs and get in better shape… but between work, friends and family, I don’t have the time to dedicate going to a gym every day, so I will continue to eat food that is bad for me while I sit my fat ass on the couch and watch Sportscenter and “unwind” from work”

Self motivation is hard, but so is losing weight when you don’t change your lifestyle.  Make the conscious choice to give up sitting on the couch, change your diet and start being physically active (walking to the bar for another beer doesn’t count).  Gyms are open 24 hours every day, you can sleep when you are dead. Or when you figure out how to balance your schedule.

“I would love to participate in that event this weekend, it only happens once a year!… but I already agreed to work this weekend, so, I will just have to wait for next year and hope that I don’t have an excuse next year when it comes up.”

The normal work schedule of a normal employee is 260 days per year. Some of us work more than that, inching up on 275-300 days per year.  An annual event takes place once per year.  Prioritize your schedule. Find someone to cover for you at work or make up the day later.  If you want to do something, stop making excuses and just do it. (Nike has nothing on me)

“Check out that girl at the end of the bar, she is so hot, I should go talk to her…. but, she is totally out of my league, so I am just going to sit over here in the corner by myself drinking my light beer before I go home to my parents basement to play video games.”

Man up, grow a pair and go talk to her. You will never know she is out of your league until she tells you she is.  Guess what, she turns you down, at least you tried, and now you know to try harder next time.

Fact is, we talk ourselves out of achieving greatness every single day.  We think we aren’t good enough. We don’t have the time. We don’t have the knowledge.  We stand in our own way.

So here is the challenge.

Stop making excuses. Stop talking yourself out of things. Get out of your own way and allow yourself to achieve greatness.

Day 16. Way 16. Stop making excuses and allow yourself to achieve greatness.

What are the excuses you find yourself making commonly?

How do you plan to overcome them?

What excuses did you bypass to achieve greatness?

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!


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  • Jacs_13

    Great post Justin , it’s so true we need to stop talking ourselves out of stuff.  People need to leap, life’s too short!   “Man grow a pair and talk to her”  You’re hilarious!

    • I do what I can to keep it fun and funny.  Glad you enjoyed it.  I do agree, more people need to be spontaneous, just leap, and see worry about where you land when you get there.

  • Bryan

    I wouldn’t even know where to begin with that one.

    • Start with one thing per day.  You find yourself making an excuse, even something little, stop yourself, and correct it. Anytime you start hearing you say the word “but” or “should” or “could” you need to say FUCK IT and just do it.

      Start tomorrow when you read this…

      • Bryan

        Next thing I know, I’ll be unemployed… single and homeless.  Haha!

  • Ecellent post! So inspirational and so TRUE

    • Thanks Jennifer!  Glad you liked it!  It definitely is one of those reminders that we all need sometimes, just to stop making excuses and start just doing.

    • Thanks Jennifer!  Glad you liked it!  It definitely is one of those reminders that we all need sometimes, just to stop making excuses and start just doing.

    • Thanks Jennifer!  Glad you liked it!  It definitely is one of those reminders that we all need sometimes, just to stop making excuses and start just doing.

    • Thanks Jennifer!  Glad you liked it!  It definitely is one of those reminders that we all need sometimes, just to stop making excuses and start just doing.

  • Dana Flynn

    Let’s see…
    “I’m broke” – “I’d love to but I already have plans (read: to sit on the couch with my boyfriend)” – “I’d love to but i’m busy (read: because i’m afraid that I won’t be good enough at said sport/ outgoing enough for said party)” – “I really can’t go to the gym today because i’ve got to … (read: sit on my couch and Tweet and read Vanity Fair)”. – “I don’t want to go out that night because I have to be up early (… and it will cause a massive fight between me and the BF).”
    I will let you know when I find a way to overcome these sorry excuses. I’m full of them.

    Believe it or not, this is an improvement. I was so painfully shy/afraid of rejection that I would get physically ill or turn around at the front door after hours of transit in situations where I had to meet new people and/or ask for things. It’s only within the last year that I have managed not to puke or run away and have just resorted to some lame excuses.

    • Well any forward progress is a good thing.  I admit, I come from the perspective that everyone can and should be outgoing.  In High School, I was that kid.  I stuck to my few friends, was too shy to ever go out on a limb and meet new people or anything. 

      It wasn’t until the summer after high school I finally had something click, and I just realized that if I wanted to be successful in my job and life, I had to just suck it up and be outgoing.  I won’t say that it was overnight, but it was rather quick.  Since then, with growing confidence, I have been more and more comfortable in public situations, meeting new people, etc.

      One thing to remember, it IS possible.  Just have to put your mind to it and make little progress every single day.

      To the same point, not everything is an excuse.  If you make a conscious decision that you want to stay home and relax, or avoid any exterior conflicts, then that kind of stuff happens, just don’t like seeing people sell themselves short with dumb excuses.  You have to be your own #1 supporter and #1 fan. You have to know deep down that you can do it.

      Best of luck!

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