We can always find a reason not to pursue our dreams, not to take action, not to stick our neck out. Our reasons seem perfectly…well…reasonable. We have this incredible ability to justify why we can’t do something – especially to ourselves. We can convince ourselves of almost anything; we’re just being realistic, responsible, and smart. It’s probably for the best; we didn’t really want it anyway.

“Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure.” - Don Wilder

Some of the Most Common “Nails” in Our Future of Failure

  1. “I don’t have enough time.”
  2. “It’s too late, I should have started earlier.”
  3. “It’s too hard”
  4. “I’m waiting for the right inspiration.”
  5. “I don’t have enough money.”
  6. “I’m too tired.”
  7. “I’ll start tomorrow, next week, next month, next year.”
  8. “I’m too young.”
  9. “I’m too old.”
  10. “It’s not meant to be or it would’ve happened by now.”
  11. “I don’t have enough talent.”
  12. “It’ll take too much time”
  13. “I’m not smart enough for that.”
  14. “I don’t have the experience I need.”
  15. “I’m too busy.”
  16. “I’ll have to neglect the people who need me.”
  17. “I’m not sure it’s the right thing.”
  18. What if I fail?
  19. “I have too much on my plate.”
  20. “It’s too risky.”
  21. “I’m too scared.”
  22. “I don’t have the right resources.”
  23. “I’ve already invested too much time in what I’m doing now.”
  24. “I don’t have the right connections.”
  25. “Too many people have already tried and failed.”
  26. “I don’t know how to do that.”
  27. “Nobody will support me.”
  28. “I’ll do it when the kids are older.”
  29. “I don’t have the skills.”
  30. “The economy is too bad right now.”
  31. “I don’t know where to start.”
  32. “I don’t have the guts.”
  33. “I can’t beat the competition.”
  34. “No one has ever done it before.”
  35. “People tell me it can’t be done.”
  36. “This isn’t the right time.”

And it never will be…as long as we keep making excuses. Excuses aren’t really reasons, they’re just how we justify not pursuing what we want in life. We can only succeed when we stop telling ourselves why we can’t, and start living a life that shows we can.

Featured photo credit: Lustrous Wooden Cabinet with Excuses File Label in Dramatic LIght via Shutterstock and inline photo by Gary Cooper via Flickr (CC BY 2.0)

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