How To Stop The Excuses

Published: January 30, 2012
By: Faye Hollands

It can be really easy to find excuses to put off doing things that are hard or out of your comfort zone, but if you’re constantly procrastinating over important areas of your life then there’s one critical question you must ask yourself…

You’ve Got To Really Want It

Confucius once said “One who wants to do something, will find a way.  One who doesn’t, will find an excuse”. Very true!

So the important question to ask yourself,  if you’re always finding excuses, is – do you REALLY want whatever it is you’re finding excuses for?

You see, where there’s a will there’s a way, but if your heart’s not really in it then it can be incredibly hard to muster up any motivation to move forward, and in fact, even the most ludicrous of excuses can seem easier to deal with than just ‘getting on with it’.  Does that sound like you?

My new venture – Busy Working Mumma – launches on Monday and I’ll be honest with you, it was supposed to go live in November last year but I kept finding excuses to push it back.  That was until I decided I really wanted the idea to work.  I wanted it to become a reality instead of lots of ideas swirling around inside my head which I’d been talking but doing nothing about!  It was ME and how much I wanted it that was holding me back – not the business world, or the viability of the opportunity I’d discovered.  Just my head and my need for this new venture to work.

So if there’s something you keep saying you want, like changing jobs, setting up your own business, losing weight, or stopping smoking – ask yourself how much you REALLY want it?

If you find yourself saying it’s something you ‘should’ do then you’re not motivated by the right reasons, and if you’ve been saying you want those things for ages but nothing’s happened I’d hazard a guess that you don’t want them enough.  If that’s the case, it’s time to turn up the intensity on your reasons by asking yourself: –

  • What does achieving that goal really mean to you?  Your family?  Your quality of life?
  • What will it cost you NOT to go after your goal?
  • What will your life/career look like if you DON’T take action?

Write your answers down and be brutally honest because your level of motivation lies in your responses, and that will determine if you carry on with the excuses, or actually do something about it!

What are you going to commit to taking action on? Post a comment below – it’s the first step to ditching those excuses!

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Written by Faye Hollands – Director at Outshine Consulting. Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success.

To receive your FREE MP3 download of Faye’s popular teleseminar ‘How To Create A Career You Love‘ and weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

Faye Hollands

About Faye Hollands

Faye is an accomplished Career Coach, Small Business Coach and Productivity Specialist who has successfully coached countless clients on how to create a career they love, get more done in less time, and achieve personal and professional success. To receive weekly articles to improve your career, business and time management skills click here or book your Free Focus Session here.

You can contact Faye on +61 2 8323 4335 or email fayehollands@outshineconsulting.com

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