We all have our own excuses. They feel unique to each one of us, but in reality, we all deal with the same core excuses.
What I’ve seen over and over again is that excuses are merely imaginary walls standing between you and your dreams.
They can keep you from moving forward, but only if you let them. Those that are successful realize this and keep moving forward even when they feel like they can’t.
If making stuff happen was easy, everybody would be following their passion. You will bump into obstacles, and you will feel like you can’t do this or that, but you can.
Here are the seven core excuses:
1. I Don’t Have Time
We all have the same amount of time to work with. Some have jobs, some have families, while others seemingly have all the free time in the world.
But that doesn’t mean that you should let time stop you from doing what you want. So what if you only have 60 minutes per day to work on your passion?
If you don’t start now, when will you?
It’s quite common to believe that if you had more time, you’d make more things happen, but in reality, it doesn’t work quite like that, at least not from my experience.
You see, there’s something called Parkinson’s Law that states: Work expands so as to fill the time available for its completion.
What this basically means is that even if you have more time, you’ll tend to fill that time with the same amount of work.
I saw this happen in my own life when I started working online full-time. I had more time on my hands, but I didn’t work more.
If you have a job and a family, you will obviously have less time on your hands than a 20-something who hasn’t decided what to do with his life yet.
But this shouldn’t stop you from doing anything. You can always find time to do what you want. It all depends on how badly you want something.
2. What About My Family / Friends / Kids
When you embark on your path to greatness, there will always be people that will stand in opposition.
You are in effect, making them uncomfortable by stepping out of the confines of society, which in turn destroys some of their belief systems.
Sometimes you have to stand alone in what you do and what you believe in. At those times, it’s your duty to lead by example and show that this can be done.
You won’t always succeed, and the journey will not always be easy, but if you keep going and keep doing what you feel is right, you’ll get to where you need to be.
As you start moving towards your passion, some of your friends will naturally fall away. They just aren’t a good fit for you anymore, and that’s okay.
Even though I do not have a family (yet), I’m sure that most are reasonable and are more than willing to support what you’re doing. If not, you’ll just have to get creative .
3. I Don’t Know How
Since I make my living online, I talk about making a living online, so that’s what I’m going to focus on.
Making your passion a reality seems difficult, especially when you start bumping into all the technical obstacles for getting a website up, getting traffic, making money and so on.
The good news is that there are plenty of tutorials, guides and mentors out there that are more than happy to help you out with whatever problems you may have.
In the end, all excuses are just excuses. You can easily find the information you need. You may not know how to do everything right now, but you can learn.
I didn’t know how to make money online when I started in early 2009, but I am now making enough to live wherever I want and do whatever I want.
I learned how to get traffic, and I learned a few things about what makes a blog tick. I didn’t make everything perfect, but I did take action, and that helped me reach 1,012 subscribers in 101 days and build an online business.
4. I Don’t Have Money
The good thing about working online is that the upfront costs are minimal. The only thing you may need to pay for is webhosting and a domain name.
In some cases, you may want to hire someone to help you with the technical stuff, and perhaps a simple design. If you’re feeling motivated, you may even want to join a course to slice a few months off your learning curve.
All in all, if you get everything, it’ll probably cost you under $500. But again, it’s not essential that you get a design or join a course.
The important part is getting started and making things happen, even if you have no idea what the heck you’re doing.
When I started this blog, I immediately joined Authority Blogger, because I already knew that the fastest way to building a successful blog was to follow in the footsteps of someone that was already doing what I wanted to be doing.
5. I Don’t Know People
I didn’t know anyone when I got started, but I’ve slowly gotten to know some really cool people.
The bottom line is that it doesn’t matter who you know. If you’re following your passion and making things happen, people will automatically be more willing to chat with you.
We’re all human beings, and we all crave authentic connections. Some successful people may be busy, but you don’t have to start with the A-listers.
Just start with the people you feel like you would want to talk to if you didn’t have a business to look after. Building relationships just because doesn’t really work out.
Be authentic and have fun. That’s how you would want people to approach you, right?
6. I’m Afraid
Being afraid is good. It means you’re heading in the right direction. Imagine your life without fear.
Okay, okay, so at first it seems awesome, but if you keep playing the movie in your head for awhile longer, it’s going to get boring!
I’m always afraid when I’m jumping into something new and unfamiliar. Throughout the years, I’ve learned to feel better about fear, but by no means have I become fearless.
I’ve learned to have a better reaction to it than I did 5 years ago.
It’s going to be there when you start out, and it’s going to be there when you’re successful. It’s a part of life, and the key to overcoming fear is to accept it and keep moving on.
Easier said than done, I know
7. It Won’t Work
To be honest, it probably won’t, at first, but that’s why you’ll be persistent and patient, right?
When I started my journey, I failed horribly. I was telling people about a book I was writing and I was going to be a rockstar, but nothing happened.
I wasted $8,000 on coaching and even then I failed. Even with all these huge mistakes, I kept going, because I knew this was what I wanted to do.
As I said, it probably won’t work at first, but it might. If you fall off the horse, just get up again. It’s the only way, and it isn’t as painful as you think it is.
We have a tendency to worry a bit too much. I do it all the time, but if there’s something I’ve realized, it’s that the fear of fear is more horrifying than the actual fear.
8. I’m Not Good Enough
We all have limiting beliefs and sometimes our confidence just isn’t where we want it to be. The funny thing is that even when you’ve reached a certain amount of success, you will still be worrying about something.
We’ve been taught that success changes things, but no real change happens outside of you, it all happens inside.
So it doesn’t matter how successful you are. The proof can be seen in famous people all around the world. They have the fame, the money and the success, but most of them are still searching for happiness.
Here’s the gist of it though: you will feel like you’re not good enough, but you are good enough. As long as you can remember that, you’ll be just fine.