31 Days to a Dream: Stop making excuses

If it is important to you you'll find a way. if not you'll find an excuseIf you want to achieve your dream, you will need to stop making excuses and start marching. Excuses are your worst enemy.

It’s easy to sit around, blaming others or your circumstances. It’s easy to wallow in that pity party, thinking that “they” are preventing you from living your dream life. But really – will blaming “them” help at all?

If you want to live your dreams, you need to start making changes – starting with yourself and your attitude. Do you have the dreaded “I can’t do it because I don’t have…” kind of thinking? Why accept failure when you can go out and make changes that can lead you to success?

Ssuccess lies within each and every individual. If you really want to move on but don’t know how to stop making excuses, here are some ways to help you.

Identify excuses and reasons why you can’t achieve your dream

The first thing you need to do is to accept that you have been using excuses as your defense. Are you too busy? Or don’t have enough money? Are you too fat, too thin, too short, too tall, too old, or too young? Are you scared of failure? Or the unknown? What is it that is preventing you from moving forward? Identify it. Be honest with yourself – it’s not easy, but essential.

After accepting your excuses, create a list of them. A written list; it’s too easy to ignore a mental list.  Write down every reason you can think of why your dreams are not achievable.

Move on from the past

stop making excusesIt’s possible that those reasons – those excuses, if you will – were valid reasons at some point in the past. Are they still? Were they ever? Evaluate them honestly and you’ll find most of them never were valid reasons. Excuses are powerful things.

Look ahead to the opportunities in front of you. Don’t focus on the excuses you made in the past.

State your expectations

After identifying your opportunities, sit down and try to state your expectations. Be ready to accept any blame that may arise due to failure and not direct it onto others. Let people advise you but don’t let them make decisions for you. Stop lying and be honest with yourself. Realistically, what do you expect to happen?

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Here are the other posts in this series:

Day 1: Define your dream

Day 2: Believe in yourself

Day 3: Believe in your dream

Day 4: Break out of the rut

Day 5: Go public with your idea

Day 6: Don’t fear failure

Day 7: Change your mindset

Day 8: Commit to your dream

Day 9: Celebrate small successes

Day 9: Celebrate small successes

Day 10: Stop Making Excuses

Day 11: Face your fear

books by Nancy Sathre-Vogel

About Nancy Sathre-Vogel

After 21 years as a classroom teacher, Nancy Sathre-Vogel finally woke up and realized that life was too short to spend it all with other people's kids. She and her husband quit their jobs and, together with their twin sons, climbed aboard bicycles to see the world. They enjoyed four years cycling as a family - three of them riding from Alaska to Argentina and one exploring the USA and Mexico. Now they are back in Idaho, putting down roots, enjoying life at home, and living a different type of adventure. It's a fairly sure bet that you'll find her either writing on her computer or creating fantastical pieces with the beads she's collected all over the world.

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2 Responses to 31 Days to a Dream: Stop making excuses

  1. Lauren April 30, 2013 at 5:33 am #

    Please keep going with this series! I’ve been following it religiously.

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    Nancy Sathre-Vogel Reply:

    @Lauren, Thanks Lauren! I do plan to finish it up someday. Life got in the way and… well, this is what gave.

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