“I attribute my success to this: I never gave or took an excuse.”
In the blog texts “Am I Successful?” and “What are you willing to give up?” I was talking about the modern man’s strive for success. The fast pace of life and the pressure that we create push us into constant action, and most people spend their free time in front of the TV or on social networks.
In addition to everything I have mentioned on this blog so far, for excellent results in a specific life area we usually need creativity and lateral or “out of the box” thinking, a specific skill that supports outstanding results. The fast pace of life and pressure kill creativity. If you find yourself juggling daily duties over a long period of time, and you feel pressure and the lack of time, you can be almost certain that your creative potential is going down, and becoming smaller and smaller.
For recharging your creativity potential you need to take a break.
When I say “take a break”, I mean stop and get out of the roles we usually take in our daily life, take neutral, non-judgmental position and ask ourselves whether we like what we see. If the answer is “yes”, then we can do two things:
If the answer is “yes”, then we can do 2 things:
- Do our best to recognize our successful strategy.
What are the specific steps that brought you the satisfaction?
- Think about the different ways we can improve our satisfaction.
What small things you can incorporate into your life to improve the level of satisfaction?
If the answer is negative, “no” or “not really”, then we can ask ourselves:
What area of my life needs immediate improvement?
What might be the first small step forward in that area?
So no matter if we are satisfied with our present life position or not, in order to get out from a minus or make it even a bigger plus, we need to do something about it – to take action.
Since the beginning of my career, my profession was connected to getting concrete and measurable results. In my professional career, I was a salesman, sales manager, entrepreneur, director, trainer, and coach. My experience shows that whenever there is a need for action you can always find a bunch of excuses. Excuses are the most dangerous obstacle that stands in the way of one’s success. They usually come in 2 forms:
- The voice of common sense that can, in nice a way, explain why something is not possible.
- The sneaky voice, like the voice of Sméagol in “The Lord of the Rings”, something like ‘Poor me, I would do it but…’
No matter what form it takes, an excuse is just a bullshit story we keep repeating until it affects our life in a way that we start to believe that the story is true. When that happens we start to repeat it more often and in a variety of forms.
A typical representative of the whole family of excuses which “help us” to stay in the not-thinking and not-acting zone is “it would be great… but I don’t have the time”!
I would love to, but I just don’t have enough time today.
Sorry I didn’t have time…
I would love to but I don’t have time…
It’s great idea, if only I had the time…
These and similar excuses are perfect to keep us in the daily rat-race, to keep juggling all the balls, and as we know from our experience when the game becomes really difficult, life adds another ball and everything becomes even more complicated. To some extent, this might be useful; you will learn to juggle with 4,5,6,7 and more balls. But the question is, did you really got the desired result?
Take responsibility for your free time. If you don’t do it, no one else will.
For each excuse, you make put five euros aside. If you are true to yourself, you might save a nice amount of money at the end of the year.
Replace “I don’t have time” with “it is not important to me” or “there are more important things today”. The fact is that all of us have 24 hours per day and we can use that time however we want. Blaming the time is just an excuse for your decisions.