“The new stands before us, like a chapter in a book, waiting to be written. We can help write that story by setting goals.” – Melody Beattie
Not long ago, I caught myself making up a few justifications as to why I couldn’t run today. “My oldest son doesn’t even want to go; he’s tired so I’m tired also; I have to work today; baby, it’s cold outside!” are some of the things I tried persuading myself.
To me, an excuse is dishonesty to oneself. It’s a justification for our decision as to why we should or shouldn’t do some things.
I’ve learned that you can justify anything that you can come up in the world for not doing something you regard with importance, but that wouldn’t get you closer to your goals.
The strongest thing that will help you be where you want in life is your Why for your goals. The answer to “Why is this goal important to me?” MUST be stronger than any excuse you can make up in your mind.
This post will provide information as to how to develop your goals and live with little to none of your justifications. Notice I didn’t say all, because nothing is perfect in life. I trust you to make the best decisions for your goals in life.
Construct Your Goals Dominant over your Justifications
“A man can fail many times, but he isn’t a failure until he begins to blame somebody/something else.” – John Burroughs
Science says 92% of people do not achieve their goals. And the explanation is because 92% of people are not passionate enough about their goals.
To become passionate enough about your goals, you must only do 3 things:
- Making sure your WHY, your reason for completing, nay, undergoing your goals brings up intense feeling within you
- Tracking and/or journaling your goals to provide yourself performance reviews
- Avoid multitasking. Focus on ONE goal at a time
Making sure your Why brings up intense feelings is much easier if they line up with your values. You can then base your actions and decisions on your values and goals and in turn build self-assurance and confidence.
Tracking and keeping a journal helps you to remain motivated. Focusing on one thing at a time will help you plan your main goal for each day without all the kerfuffle over which goals to focus on.
We Have More Than Enough Money if we Decide Carefully
“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt
There used to be a time when people would justify that they don’t have ‘enough time,’ the new excuse people make now is, “I don’t have the money to do this.”
But the problem isn’t money! What’s absent is your comprehension and appreciation of your aptitudes, skills, your potential and gifts, and how you can use them in service to others.
We’ve been brainwashed that it’s totally fine to justify a lack of development with the lack of money. The last time I checked, reading is free, and so is the library. If you really and truly what to know about something, you’d go out of your way to find out the information, preferably without having to spend a cent.
Regardless of who you are, what you have undergone in life, the challenges you have faced, the education you may or may not have, you LIVED, and you EXPERIENCED. You will have something of great significance to provide to others that they will need, and they will pay you handsomely for it.
Don’t let lack of finances be the reason to stop you achieving your goals.
“Money is only a tool. It will take you wherever you wish, but it will not replace you as the driver.” – Ayn Rand
You must liberate and appreciate yourself. As you take control of your money, you will find your potential and use it to serve others and make the money you deserve. Let 2019 be the year to stop making justifications. Empower and appreciate yourself. You are ready and very much deserving of everything you want, but it takes effort and action to get there. It’s time. Just remember, one goal at a time.