“Ninety-nine percent of the failures comes from people who have the habit of making excuses”.- George Washington Carver
What are your excuses?
Too tired, too difficult, no time, no money, too much work, too much to learn.
These are just some examples of excuses, that you will usually use. Excuses that most of the time are made up. Unfortunately, you cannot expect to get results from excuses. The only thing that these excuses do is limit you from moving forward or from achieving your goals.
You will always find an excuse, to avoid a certain situation or a responsibility, to avoid a new opportunity or a new challenge.
Why is it that we make excuses?
The main reason we give excuses is because of fear. As I mentioned on one of my previous posts, What is your Fear? , you need to learn to ignore the fear that stops you from moving forward, that avoids you from achieving your goals.
Excuses are like self-defense mechanism that activates at the threshold of our fears when we are attempting to do something that is out of our comfort zone.
But it depends totally on you if you want to allow that your fear overcomes your desire or your willingness to succeed or to grow in any aspect of your life. Excuses are for people who don’t want it bad enough.
If you really want something you don’t make excuses, you simply make it happen.
That what motivates you, that pushes you to move forward, that is your top of mind, your priority number one, your reason WHY. Don’t listen to those that tell you that ‘you can’t do it’. There shouldn’t be any excuses valid enough that can stop you from achieving your goals.
Let me share a short story with you. (True Story)
Little 11-year-old James had a big, very impractical idea. He was going to graduate from high school. Before you dismiss what would seem a pretty average accomplishment for most, consider his story.
James lived in rural, war-torn Uganda. He lost his entire family to disease by the time he was six and was raised by his poor grandmother who didn’t earn enough for the $130/quarter tuition.
A high school diploma was not in the cards for James.You could hardly blame him if he saw his goal as impossible and gave up to go work in the fields.
But he didn’t. Instead, he and his grandmother devised a crazy plan that would secure the financing he needed to finish school. All he needed to start was a goat to sell. His grandmother was able to sell one of hers and, with the proceeds, James was able to buy shoes, a change of clothes, and a ticket for an 8-hour bus ride to the capital city where he’d stay with his aunt.
That’s where the plan gets really interesting. To get the money necessary for school, he needed to sneak into the president’s compound and ask for help. He’d have to scale a barbed-wire fence and get past the armed security guards but once inside, he learned, he’d be greeted warmly and given money for tuition.
So that’s what he did. And—to everyone’s amazement—it worked. Today, at age 32, James has two masters degrees and a great job.
Making excuses and giving up would have been easy. The hurdles between 11-year-old James and James of today were immense. But something deep inside compelled him to take responsibility for his life and do whatever it took to realize his goal.
At the age of 11, James had mastered his psychology and brought his dreams to life. His story is heroic, but it’s also well-explained by science. Regardless your situation in life, there’s a direct link between the excuses you make for yourself and how much success you achieve.
If you have big plans for yourself—but you see immense hurdles in front of you—you’ll need to learn to be like James.
*Source: Extreme Hardship Illustrates the Science of Success
By Tyler Tervooren
Learn more about James Arinaitwe and his story.
No excuses accepted, always keep in mind what motivates you and…
Just Make it Happen!