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10 From GEM: 10 Big Excuses And How To Overcome Them


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10 From GEM:
10 Big Excuses And How To Overcome Them

“The person who really wants to do something finds a way; the other person finds an excuse.”

When we don’t really want to do something, we find a million excuses–all valid ones, of course–that prevent us from reaching our goals. Many of us are skilled at self-sabotage for a number of reasons. Making excuses for ourselves feels good because they allow us to justify certain behaviors or they serve to make us feel good about our practicality or common sense. However, excuses are dangerous. They keep us right where we are and that kind of inertia inevitably leads to decay. Surely, you don’t want to decay, so keep reading for 10 big excuses people use and get a few ideas on how to overcome them.

1. “I Don’t Have Time”

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The nice thing about time is that we all have the same amount of it. What’s different are our lives, responsibilities, and obligations. A person who has no commitments and is independently wealthy has more time than a single parent who works two or three jobs to make ends meet. But everybody can find even a small amount of time to meet goals. If you don’t have half a day to dedicate to writing the next Great American Novel, then write when you can—five minutes during your lunch break, thirty minutes while riding the subway to work, or wake up ten minutes earlier than usual to write. Devoting a few minutes to your dream is far better than devoting a lifetime to excuses.

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