Advertising
Advertising

How to Stop Making Excuses and Get What You Want

How to Stop Making Excuses and Get What You Want

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”
    • “I’m not smart enough for that.”
    • “I don’t have the experience I need.”
    • “I’m too busy.”
    • “I’ll have to neglect the people who need me.”
    • “I’m not sure it’s the right thing.”
    • What if I fail?
    • “I have too much on my plate.”
    • “It’s too risky.”
    • “I’m too scared.”
    • “I don’t have the right resources.”
    • “I’ve already invested too much time in what I’m doing now.”
    • “I don’t have the right connections.”
    • “Too many people have already tried and failed.”
    • “I don’t know how to do that.”
    • “Nobody will support me.”
    • “I’ll do it when the kids are older.”
    • “I don’t have the skills.”
    • “The economy is too bad right now.”
    • “I don’t know where to start.”
    • “I don’t have the guts.”
    • “I can’t beat the competition.”
    • “No one has ever done it before.”
    • “People tell me it can’t be done.”
    • “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.

    Advertising

    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)

    Advertising

    Advertising

    More by this author

    15 Best Organizing Tips For Office Organization and Getting More Done What Is Emotional Intelligence and Why It Is Important 50 Unique and Really Fun Date Ideas for Couples How to Organize Your Thoughts: 3 Simple Steps to 10X Your Productivity How to Fall Asleep Fast and Have a Restful Sleep (The Definitive Guide)

    Trending in Lifestyle

    1 10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know 2 10 Benefits of Reading: Why You Should Read Every Day 3 7 Amazing Things That Will Happen When You Do Plank Every Day 4 30 Inspirational Songs that Keep You Motivated for Life 5 The Ultimate Workout Routine for Men (Tailored for Different Fitness Level)

    Read Next

    Advertising
    Advertising

    Last Updated on October 18, 2018

    10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

    10 Benefits of Sleeping Naked You Probably Didn’t Know

    Sleeping is one of the most important things we do every night.

    Getting the right amount of sleep has an untold number of health benefits and not getting enough sleep is a serious problem in many countries around the world.

    So you should have heard of the many benefits of getting adequate sleep, but did you know that you can get additional benefits by sleeping naked?

    Here are some benefits of sleeping in the nude:

    Advertising

    Video Summary

    1. It is easier.

    When you don’t have to worry about sleeping in clothes, things start to get easier. You don’t have to buy pajamas, which can save you money. You have less clothes to wash and less clothes to put away. You may have to clean your bed sheets more often, but not nearly as often as you’d have to wash your pajamas when you run out.

    2. It forces you to be ready to go more often.

    Some people get off of work, change into their pajamas, and use this as an excuse to stay home the rest of the evening. This can lead to a more sedentary lifestyle, which has been attributed to things like weight gain.[1] When you keep your regular clothes on, you tend to go out more often and that’s a good thing.

    3. It can make you feel happier and more free.

    Just imagine the feeling of laying in bed naked. You’re free of your pants and underwear. Women, you’re not wearing a constrictive bra. It’s just you sandwiched between two cool sheets. The feeling just makes you want to smile and it makes you feel more free. Everyone can use that kind of good feeling every now and then, and it may even help you be happier as a person.

    4. Skin-on-skin contact is the best.

    Advertising

      If you’re married, or living with your significant other, sleeping naked gives a greater chance of skin-on-skin contact, especially when it comes to cuddling. This kind of contact can also lead to a more active sex life. All of this releases copious amounts of oxytocin, which is the neurotransmitter that helps you feel those good feelings about your significant other.[2]

      5. It could lead to better sleep.

      Let’s revisit the scenario I described above. There are no drawstrings or clothes getting tangled in sheets. You don’t have to worry about shirts getting twisted. All of these distractions go away when you sleep naked and it may help you get better, deeper sleep. You don’t need science to tell you that better, deeper sleep only helps you be healthier.

      6. It can help your skin.

      For once your body gets to breathe. Your private parts, armpits, and feet are generally restricted all day and are often covered by multiple layers, even in the summer time. Give those parts a chance to air out and breathe. This can lower the risk of skin diseases, like athlete’s foot, that result from wet, restricted skin.[3]

      7. It helps you regulate your cortisol.

      Cortisol is a very strange chemical in the body but it can do a lot of damage. When you sleep naked, it helps keep your body temperature at the optimal ranges so your body can better create cortisol. If you sleep overheated your cortisol levels tend to stay high, even after you wake up. This can lead to increased anxiety, cravings for bad food, weight gain, and more terrible things.[4] Sleep naked so you can keep your body temperature down and sleep well so your body can properly produce and regulate cortisol.

      Advertising

      8. It balances your melatonin and growth hormone.

      Continuing along that same vein, keeping your sleeping environment below 70 degrees (F) every night can help your body regulate its melatonin and growth hormone levels. These chemicals help the body do things like prevent aging and are essential to good health. When you sleep in clothes, your body heats up and prevents effective use of these hormones. In other words, sleeping with clothes on makes you grow old faster.

      9. It can keep your sex organs happier.

      For men, the cooler sleeping conditions allows your testes to remain at a cooler temperature. This helps keep your sperm healthy and your reproductive systems functioning as normal. For women, the cooler and more airy sleeping conditions can actually help prevent yeast infections. Yeast grows better in warm, moist conditions.[5] When it’s cooler and dryer, the growth of yeast is prevented.

      10. Sleeping in the summer is more bearable.

        Summertime is a tricky time to get good sleep. If you don’t have air conditioning, then you may find your bedroom a bit stuffy at night.

        Advertising

        Shedding those bedtime clothes can help the bedroom feel more comfortable. You may even be able to turn the A/C off on those cooler nights, which can save you a few bucks on your electricity bill.

        Don’t wake up drenched in sweat again because your thermostat is downstairs and the hot air expands up to your bedroom where the thermostat can’t read the warm temperatures.

        Sleep well with your naked body!

        With these tips in mind, it’s time to start taking off your clothes at night!

        Of course, there are times where clothes are preferable. If you are ill or it’s cold outside, then you should sleep with clothes on to help you stay warm and prevent further illness. Otherwise, go commando!

        If you’re looking for more tips to sleep well and get up feeling energetic, I recommend you to check out this guide:

        Want to Feel More Energized Throughout the Day? Start With This

        Reference

        Read Next