Episode 061: Excuses Do Not Lead To Success

The definition of excuse is: an attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense); seek to defend or justify

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The attempt to lessen the blame. What does that mean? It’s a way of rationalizing why something went wrong, or didn’t get done, or was done poorly.

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Think of all the people in your life that have made excuses in the past or continue to do so on a regular basis. I firmly believe that excuses are a byproduct of a loser mentality. Excuses are just excuses and do absolutely no good. What might be worse than excuses are when people make claims that “there is no excuse for my action” or “there is no excuse for my poor results” but then don’t actually change moving forward.

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It’s easy to start making excuses when you aren’t successful, or when you fall short of a goal or objective…

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  • I had to take my kid to baseball practice
  • I had to work late
  • My brother really needed to talk to me and I lost track of time
  • My computer was acting up so I couldn’t send that email

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Excuses keep people from being successful, period. Success itself is a moving target and is really hard to achieve, so by piling on excuses on top of it just fosters a losing, fall short mentality.

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Have you ever been successful at anything? Truly successful – you set a goal, you worked relentlessly towards it until you achieved it. It’s hard. To be truly successful, obviously you need grit and resiliency, along with creativity and innovative thinking, etc. Beyond that, you need to understand that it’s a moving target. Successful people understand that by reaching their goals, they realize that out of that goal a new one is born and moves further away, which promotes more hustle, more grind, more push in order to climb to reach the next one. Success is that moving target, not a pot of gold at the end. You don’t get “successful” and then check the box and call it a day.

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No matter how successful you become, always stay focused on that target out on the horizon and never lose sight of it. The moment you think you’ve won, is the moment you lose.