Excuses are a near brethren to self-sabotage and defeat.
Excuses cloud your mind to see limitations rather than facing issues squarely and uncover solutions to override them.
Cunning and sly, they settle in, make room in your head so you never make room for possibilities in your life.
Here are the common excuses people make that stops their progress and ultimately, rejecting their success:
If I didn’t have responsibilities of a family
If I had enough pull
If I had money
If I had a good education
If I could get a job
If I had good health
If I only had time
If times were better
If other people understood me
If other people accepted me
If conditions around me were different
If I could live life over again
If I did not “fear” what they would say
If I had been given a chance
If other people didn’t have it in for me
If I were only younger
If I were more pleasing to the eyes
If I could only do what I want
If I had been born rich
If I could meet the right people
If I had the talent that some people have
If I dared assert myself
If I had only embraced past opportunities
If people didn’t get on my nerves
If I didn’t have to take care of the house
If I could save some money
If the boss only appreciated me
If I had somebody to help me
If my family understood me
If lived somewhere else like a big city
If I could just get started
If I had the personality of some people
If I had friends
If my talents were known
If I could just get a break
If I could only get out of debt
If I could hear sorry from him, her or them
If I hadn’t failed
If I only knew how
If everybody didn’t oppose me
If I didn’t have so many worries
If I could marry the right person
If people weren’t so dumb
If my family were not so extravagant
If I were sure of myself
If luck were not against me
If my health was better
If I had not been born out under the wrong star
If it were not true that “what is to be, will be”
If I did not have to work so hard
If I hadn’t lost my money
If I lived in a different neighborhood
If I didn’t have a past
If I only had a business of my own
If people would only listen to me
(Napoleon Hill, Think and Grow Rich “57 Famous Alibis”)
Alibis are the contrary and misappropriated use of your imagination rather than out of habit to use your mind, creative thinking and imagination to consider the possibilities before you.
“The first and best victory is to conquer self. To be conquered by self is, of all things, the most shameful and vile,” Plato.
Instead of accepting excuse, address the excuses, be ready to have thought response (P-MAR) of overcoming them and standing up to them.
Don’t let life pass you by because of excuses. Choose habitually to think possibilities and when you do, you embrace them.
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