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As Time Goes By

Tennessee Williams QuoteHow many of us can relate to this scenario? When the kids are out of school I will have time to work on cleaning out the garage. The kids get out of school, then you say, “Ever since the kids have been out of school I have been so busy, I can’t find any extra time to clean out the garage.” Then you say, “Everything will calm down when the kids get back in school, then I will clean out the garage.” The kids get back in school then you realize you are running the kids to dance and soccer practice. You then say, “In November soccer will be over so it will free up more time.” November comes and you say, “I have been so busy I am going to take a few weeks off to watch football.” “All work and no play makes jack a dull boy” you say to yourself.

Then December comes and you are so busy with all the Christmas parties and kids concerts you don’t have time to do one more thing. You then say, “After the holidays I will have much more time to clean the garage” January comes and it is so cold you don’t feel like doing anything in the cold weather. You tell yourself, “The first of March the weather will be warming up, I will really be in the mood to do some Spring cleaning.”

Then March comes and goes you tell yourself, “It is such beautiful weather I think I am going to ride my bike or go hit a few golf balls.” Before you know it an entire year has come and gone without cleaning out your garage. Don’t let any excuses get in the way of accomplishing anything in your life that is a worth while goal.

Remove Excuses

Cat on a ropeMany people make excuses for failure, excuses about your choices in life, excuses about what you feel you have accomplished. Excuses fuel dysfunctional thinking – and consequently, undesirable actions and behaviors. Making excuses instead of taking one hundred percent responsibility for your actions, your thoughts, and your goals is the reason people fail or succeed.

Part of the power of taking responsibility for your actions is that you silence the negative, unhelpful voice in your head. When you spend your thinking time on success, goals and accomplishments, instead of on making excuses, you free up the emotional space formerly inhabited by your negative thoughts and emotions.

The next time you catch yourself making an excuse, whether for the late project, the unmet goal, or the job you work, gently remind yourself – no excuses. Spend your thought time planning your next successful venture. Positive thinking becomes a helpful habit. Excuses fuel failure.