Out of all the things capable of destroying your momentum and keeping you from success, excuses rate among the highest. You can overcome the need to create excuses by keeping moving in the right direction. Even the smallest actions toward achieving your goal can keep the excuses at a minimum and the momentum moving along.
Keep Momentum Moving
Excuses are “momentum killers.” They can shoot you down in mid-flight and make it extremely difficult for you to get back the momentum you need to continue. A jet plane that loses momentum racing down the runway has to return to the beginning of the tarmac and begin the race again if it wants to lift off. Precious time is lost and the plane will likely be late in reaching its destination.
Consistent action is needed to keep momentum moving and your goals on track. Eventually, your progress will become easier and your actions done without even thinking. You’ll enjoy the actions much more too and become more enthused as you realize one success after another.
Kill Momentum Killers
Some excuses often used to keep from beginning or following through with a commitment are:
- Time constraints – “I just have too much to do and can’t exercise (or whatever else you need to do). Everyone has the same amount of time, but don’t set the proper priorities. Decide what’s really important to you and then take action after weeding out some of the less important tasks in your life.
- It’s too difficult – You may need to break down the goal into small steps so that you better understand and can complete it. Make it a point to study and analyze what you want and how to get it. That may mean going back to school, but if you want it badly enough, it’s worthwhile.
- Too old (or too young) – All you need to do is look at others who have accomplished seemingly impossible feats well into their senior years – and of those who have reached phenomenal success at very young ages. If you have the will and commitment to gather the momentum you need – you’ll succeed.
- The time isn’t right – Perhaps you think you’ll do it when the kids are out of school, when you retire or when you’re financially sound. Chances are, the time will never be quite right to begin the motions to reach your most lofty goals. Begin now – even in small increments – to create the momentum necessary to move you along.
What are some of the excuses you’ve used in the past to keep from completing a project or beginning the process to reach a goal? Decide if your excuse is real or simply an excuse halting momentum and holding you back.