I get it. Anyone who has ever approached the act of going within through meditation, gets it. But we managed to get a whole lot more out of the experience by finally doing it, instead of avoiding it. There are four basic ways to get passed the excuses.
Regardless, these excuses originate inside your head as obstacles to keep you from moving forward in life. It's important to rewire your mindset so you don't naturally create roadblocks when setting your goals. Following are the most common excuses people come up with for not reaching their goals.
Do you find yourself living vicariously through others -- marveling at their Facebook page, reading stories of amazing ventures that others dared to take on, life changes that were a complete 360 that someone had the courage to figure out and tackle?
Everyone overlooks risk, gives in to immediate gratification, or behaves impulsively at one time or another. But to really grow stronger, you have to acknowledge your mistakes so you can change your behavior going forward.
Shooting stars, 4-leaf clovers, and wishbones aside -- we can create our own luck (with a little help of awareness and some action steps). Have you ever used luck -- "good" or "bad," yours or someone else's -- as an excuse to rationalize your own shortfallings?
Saying "I don't have the time to do something" is inaccurate at best, and at worst, a sign of weakness. Everyone has the same amount of time. How we choose to use it determines what we have the time to do.
It takes a person with great courage to look inward and figure out why life isn't going according to plan. Maybe there's a measure of success but you know it could be marginally better. Okay, significantly better!
If you're someone who defaults to making excuses, it's time to shift your mindset. No successful leader or entrepreneur makes excuses for their inaction or action gone wrong, they make things happen regardless of the situation or circumstance.
You're a 30-year-old that has a decent job and is still sleeping in your Pearl Jam poster-covered room in your parents' house. All you have to do is follow this guide of lies and no one will ever know that you're a lazy child that bitches at his mother for buying the wrong kind of cereal.
You'll know you're in charge when you see the evidence in your life. For example, you're exercising, your loved ones are happy, you have more money, you're writing, you are more peaceful, and you can trust yourself to do what matters.
Moral of the story is that hard work will always prevail, and you should not downplay someone else's success just because they might have had a more privileged upbringing. That doesn't mean they didn't have to work hard to get to where they are today.