Here are the common excuses.
We all have fears. This is one of the most common denominators embedded in us. There’s no problem with this emotion. The only problem is that sometimes, fear holds us from achieving our goals.
The manifestation of fear differs from one person to another. For instance, some people are very much attached to perfection. It also happens to me sometimes. Sometimes, I feel like I couldn’t let go of my article and click the publish button.
I review it for many times looking for mistakes or grammatical errors. As a result, I ended up losing so much time that I could have used for other tasks.
Being correct is a must. There’s no doubt about it. You cannot publish a crappy piece of a blog post. But too much perfection is not a good practice. Why? Because no one can be perfect. No perfect person, no perfect partner, and no perfect article. You can only do it right.
No matter how I strive to be perfect, my articles are never perfect. They always have flaws and grammatical errors. Well, maybe because I only have 15 to 30 minutes to write them (except for the long ones). I don’t have the luxury of time to spend on writing or on editing. I’m working all day long.
I wonder how great bloggers write their blog posts. What I found is that even the most prolific authors in my niche, they too have errors in their articles. So I sighed in relief. I am happy. Not because I tolerate mistakes, but because some people are brave enough to show to the world their imperfection. They are not afraid to commit mistakes.
Fear may come in many forms. And most of the time it is covered with excuses. Here are some of the common excuses that paralyze your goals.
1. “I’m not ready.”
This is one of the most common excuses you hear from other people. Unfortunately, these words are so strong that can stop you from doing what is necessary to be done. Most people don’t realize that achieving a goal is not a one-shot endeavor. Success is composed of tiny bits of tasks compiled together like a brick wall. In order to build that wall, you need to put every piece every day.
If you say that you are not ready, you are in trouble. Waiting for a perfect moment for you to become ready, is nonsense. You will be left behind. The world will keep on turning regardless of what you do.
As I about to write this article, I was not ready. I had no idea what to write. But I sat in front of my computer and hit the keyboard. Then the idea was slowly flowing in my mind.
You can’t be ready. Don’t be bothered about that. All you need to do is take action. Submerge yourself in the process. And the process will provide you the way.
2. “I’m not good enough.”
This is the second most common excuses of most people. Are you kidding me? Of course, you are not enough. You never been and never will be good enough. But that does not mean that you can’t achieve your goal. That does not mean that you can’t win.
The problem with this statement is that it becomes true if you listen to it. Your mind whispers you these words. But if you enjoy its sound, your body will begin to follow.
If you think that you are not good enough, you will never become an “enough” person. We are all born being not enough. In fact, we had nothing. We were less than not enough. But our greatest job is not to look at our weakness. Instead, our task is to figure out what we can do to fill the remaining space.
Stop thinking that you are not good enough. You are more than enough.
3. “I’ll do that when…”
This is the third most common excuses you often hear from people. It is funny when I hear people say this. They think as if there’s a better time to do things. The reality is that you should not wait for a perfect time. Because there’s none. In fact, there’s no tomorrow. If you think that you have 20 years remaining in your life, you are leaning into the biggest illusion.
If you really think of it, you can’t be certain about everything. No one really knows if we will still live 2 hours from now. The only perfect time that we have is now. So you better take advantage of it.
4. “Yea but…”
This is one of the most common excuses I usually hear from most people. They accept the challenge and then back out. For me, this is the biggest mistake a person can commit in his entire life. He already grabbed the opportunity and then let it go. There’s nothing more frustrating than that.
People who never reach success are those who have this excuse. Yea, I want to write a book but I’m busy. Yea, I want to exercise but I don’t have time. These excuses are toxics. You better train your mind to avoid these traps.
All of these excuses are clearly the product of your mind. If you listen to what your mind is saying, you will be easily get defeated. All you need to do is avoid these common excuses. Just do the necessary task regardless of whether or not your mind agrees with your action.
I’m a licensed psychometrician, author, and blogger. I’m currently working as a University instructor teaching psychology. I love writing and doing psychological research.