Excuses Or Results? (It Is Either One Thing Or Another)

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Watch the video above before you read this article.

Excuses or results? Choose one.

Either you get results or you give excuses. You can’t have great results in your life when you are always giving excuses. Results (health, education, financial) in your life are a direct gauge of how much excuses you are giving in your life. The less excuses you give, the more positive results you will have in life.

Common excuses include

  • I’m too old
  • I’m too young
  • I don’t have the time
  • I don’t have the money
  • I don’t have the network
  • My mum/dad/family stops me from doing ___

It is easy to come out with excuses. However, doing so means that you are taking away positive results in your life.

Excuses or Results?

You choose the direction that you move in life. If you choose to make excuses, then don’t complain when you do not get the results that you want. Make the decision to take 100% responsibility for your own life and you can see radical changes to your life quality.

How To Stop Making Excuses

1st Step: Write down the excuses that you commonly use

Awareness is the first step for growth. Writing down your excuses will help you to build your awareness. When you are aware of the excuses you are using, you can then proceed to deal with it.

Get a piece of paper and write down the common excuses you frequently use. You can also keep a small notepad by your side or use any note taking app (I use Evernote for iPhone). You can also keep a journal or write Morning Pages. Doing so for a period of time (2 to 3 weeks) will help you to see patterns in your life (example: your common obstacles, excuses etc).

Once your excuses are identified, you can proceed on to replace them with positive thoughts.

2nd Step: Reframing your excuses

Reframing your excuses means that you replace your excuses with positive ideas that will empower you. You can find some of these exercises in my ebook Unleash Your Maximum Potential.

For example: your frequently used excuse is “I’m too young to be an entrepreneur.”

By reframing it, you think of youth as strength instead of a weakness. Being young means that you have more energy and new ideas for setting up businesses that fulfills the market gaps that no one else has explored. You can write down these positive ideas on a piece of paper and stick it at somewhere that you can see every day. I use Post It notes and I stick it at my cupboard right beside my work desk. I make sure I can see them everyday.

Reframing is a great way to help you replace negative thoughts in your mind with empowering thoughts. This method works well with excuses that weaken your self belief.

3rd Step: Know your excuses but focus on the solution

It doesn’t help if you know that your common excuse is you think you do not have time to work on your goals yet you kept repeating this to yourself. Once you are aware of the excuses you are using, focus on the solution. Focus on how. Think about how you are going to overcome it. Excuses are like little steps on the stairs that we need to conquer one step at a time.

If you say that you don’t have time. Find out why is it that you don’t have time. Is it you spend too many hours watching TV or stalking others on Facebook? Or are you surfing aimlessly online searching for the next magic bullet? If you know where you spend your time, you will know which areas you can spend less time on so that you have time for more important things.

Regardless of what excuses that you use frequently, once you identified them, focus on the solution. Focus on the “how”. How can you get rid of this obstacle so that you can get to the next level?

Live an excuse free life and get the results that you desire. It may not be easy, but it is something that is worth working towards. I hope you enjoy this video and article. Have a great weekend!

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Cheers,
Vincent


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7 Responses to “Excuses Or Results? (It Is Either One Thing Or Another)”

  1. Vic says:

    Interesting, I never thought to write down my excuses before. I will try it and see it works for me. I also like your illustrations with the arrows. Very helpful!

    • Vincent says:

      Thanks for dropping by. I’m glad you like the illustrations. I think I will add more illustrations into my future post. Thanks for the feedback!

      Cheers,
      Vincent

  2. Andrea says:

    Vincent, thank you for another inspiring post. I like your idea of writing down the excuses. I am not always aware of the excuses and maybe in going in circles. One of my favourite excuses is I shoudl have done that eyars ago, or there is too many poeple doing that already. Will write down the excuses and rephrase them to saying “My life is just starting, I have 50 years more” And “The universe is abundant, there is space for everyone”

    Thank you
    Andrea
    A Happier Self

  3. helen says:

    It is hard for me to get up early in the morning unless I have part time job or morning classes. I think it is where I spend more time on. To order to solve this problem, I found a part time job almost during the morning time. I only have two moring classes one week. So I can spend more time studying in the afternoon and evenings.

    I also want to learn spanish and other foreign languages. But I still have too many stuffs to prepare for two important exams. It is the reason I hardly start learning new languages.

    • Vincent says:

      Getting a part time job is a great way to give you accountability to wake up early. Good move. 🙂

      Cheers,
      Vincent