3 Excuses Holding You Back from Success

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You have untapped potential!

Let’s face it, not everyone is going to be a millionaire, but if wealth is your idea of success you may want to rethink your priorities. What about a happy family? Respect from coworkers and friends? How about finding that one thing you’re just great at?

Did you know you’re the only one responsible for your success? Often, it’s our own insecurities which result in our unhappiness and the feeling of being “unsuccessful”.

Had I only did this one thing…

The feeling that things would be different had you only did this one action in your life is a fallback answer. You tell yourself this because you need to justify to yourself why you’re not where you want to be in life. While past decisions affect your future, they don’t define it. It’s all in how you interpret and react to the situations and effects of your decisions. When we play the “woulda, coulda, shoulda” game we only add to our misery which can lead to an unproductive life. Should we learn from our past mistakes? Yes, dwell on them? No!

I’m just not good enough

Traditionally in our society we may see a stark contrast in the success of a street sweeper and a brain surgeon. That may sound like a big difference, but they both have one thing in common. They’re both human beings who started at zero. Maybe one was born into a family with the means to support the finances behind the education, but they were both born with nothing. They didn’t take anything out nor are they going to take their success with them to the grave. It’s all a matter of perspective. If you assume you’re not good enough, guess what, you won’t be. You are only as successful as you tell yourself you are.

I don’t think you should walk into NASA and start barking orders either. You need to plan your path to success just as you would your daily schedule, but it all starts with your own perspective. This can lead to being resourceful and finding ways of obtaining the education needed. I’ll admit I’d hope my doctor wouldn’t tell me “I just really thought I was good enough to be a doctor and so I out on this coat.” I’d hope he went to school and made decent grades, but his perspective and desire to go to medical school made it possible.

The world is against me

Is the world really against you or are you just telling yourself this. Have you created safeguards to protect yourself from “Murphy” You know “Murphy’s Law”, he’s that guy who comes around and really messes things up because he can.

I’m going to say with confidence, the world is not against you. You’re just making decisions or have set a precedence that is inviting negativity into your life.

I’ve heard people say this before. “Everyone is out to get me”. Really? You mean everyone had a meeting and your image was projected onto an overhead projector? “You see guys, as you know we’re all out to get Mr. Smith. So tonight we’re going to carefully position a nail directly into the path of his car and puncture a tire.” I believe everyone has the potential for success and to be considered important by society’s standards, but on a universal scale we’re just not in the thoughts of every single person. Basically, we’re just not “that” important to everyone.

In the end

The potential for great things and success can be brought into your life, but you have to build a game plan. Good things won’t just appear. You have to create an environment and mindset that invites positive things. Not all positive things are wealth related. Many goals are related to family and just the feeling of accomplishment. Start with your own self worth, look at your finances, look at your relationships. Are they leading you in a positive way? If not, maybe it’s time for a new perspective.

Thoughts?

-Thomas