No Room For Excuses
When it comes to personal success, there is no room for excuses.
Excuses are useless, but we’ve all used them or heard them. When it comes to excuses, you’ve probably heard (or have given) horribly bad excuses, understandable excuses, great excuses, and mediocre plain Jane lame excuses.
But what is an excuse? My best friend Google explains: Excuses are an attempt to lessen the blame attaching to (a fault or offense), seek to defend or justify and/or a release (someone) from a duty or requirement. Meaning, basically, taking no responsibility and placing blame on other situations or people.
More times than not, excuses are used to point a finger instead of asking “What could I have done differently to complete what I agreed to originally?”
Here are a few tips you can use to prevent you from putting yourself in a position of wanting to give an excuse:
1. Clearly think before you commit. Most of us overestimate what we can do in a short period of time and underestimate what we can do in a long period of time.
2. Be a person of your word. In order to have a strong integrity, prioritize your everyday tasks and understand what is truly important that will help move you closer to your success. I recommend getting comfortable with saying no to people in order to free up your time and, if anything, over deliver.
3. Look deep within yourself and your excuses. It’s important to make sense of your excuses and understand why other people who are going through similar struggles deliver on their promises but you have not. Change your mindset from “I can’t finish this task and give up” to “How can I complete this task?”
4. Put a reward or consequences behind your actions. When you put a pain point behind your words that you agreed upon, it gives you a higher incentive to complete what you originally agreed to in order to reap the rewards.
5. Excuses are useless. When you realize that excuses are useless you can stop making them and take responsibility for your actions. It will result in tremendously big steps toward your success.
I encourage you not to use excuses as a crutch, but instead deeply think about the pros and cons of every situation before you commit to it and give your word behind it. So let me ask you, when’s the last time you made an excuse? My recommendation is to quit today. We all make them and some are even understandable, relatable, or acceptable, but can become very anticipated or repetitive and they will hold you back from success.
Brandon Elliott went from house arrest to buy and hold investor with investment properties out of state that have a 60%+ CCR. Encourages daily personal development and fulfilling your purpose. Advocate of financial awareness and time management skills becoming embraced to lead down the path of success. Brandon supports startup companies and overall entrepreneurs to build multiple streams of businesses. Brandon is also apart of a non-profit organization called Y.E.S. (young entrepreneur society) which provides high school students with additional options rather than traditional college to become their own boss. His vision is transforming distressed neighborhoods into dream homes through real estate to pursue financial freedom. Brandon's passion stems from creating a united strong family that pushes each other to prosper and thrive.