One of the biggest reasons why people don’t succeed can be traced from the very evil word known as “excuses.”
Many people have questioned me before how I was able to quit my job and work full time on the internet, earning much more and enjoying more freedom than ever. It’s because I actually love what I’m doing.
It’s also because I worked my butts off when I was still having a day job. When I have to sleep only 4 hours a day to dedicate some time to my internet endeavors, I just did it with focus and the desire to succeed. (Don’t do this unless you’re as desperate as me; health is still your top priority.)
When our telephone line was not working and I have to beg my night neighbors if I can manually transfer my entire aging computer set to their area in the middle of the night just to connect with the internet, I did it with the full determination that I must finish my task no matter what.
I DIDN’T FIND ANY EXCUSE.
The case is different with other people I met. I told them, “I suggest you do something in your spare time that will move you one step closer to your goals.”
I often heard various excuses. Some said, “I’ll try” or “I’ll see.” No way. As Yoda said, “It’s either you do it or you don’t. There is no try.” To try is to exert a half-hearted effort. It is such a weak word. In any endeavor, you have to push yourself to the limit. Full steam ahead.
Some said, “I’m just so tired after my job that I can’t hardly move when I get home.” Maybe they just don’t have the passion. Passion will fuel anyone into moving ahead despite the difficulties. Instead of watching TV, do something with your life. If you often feel tired, exercise can be a great energy booster.
Some said, “I just don’t have time.” Well, if you don’t have time during weekdays, find something useful to do during the weekends, instead of just watching movies or TV, or spending endless hours chatting over the phone.
Some said, “One of these days, I’ll do it.” I’m sure they never get to do it. There’s no better day than today to start. No need to wait for the New Year. Every new day is a great day to start.
And there’s no need to make everything perfect. Perfectionists never get anywhere because they never start until the perfect conditions are met. And since nothing is perfect, expecting perfection is a waste of valuable time.
The important thing is to adjust along the way. The more you don’t start doing something, the harder it is to get started. If your will to do something is weak, it will get weaker and weaker until you finally decide to quit.
Use the power of momentum. Take the all-important first step, and you’re halfway done. Take the next step, and another, then another. You will become stronger and stronger as you take more and more steps until you find yourself on fire and on a roll.
True, there are things beyond our control. But no matter what, stay focused on your goal. Excuses will only delay the process further.