In this mini-series, we discuss in detail what we believe to be the Seven Deadly Sins that stop Business growth in it’s tracks.  You will find these lessons to be applicable in professional and personal application.

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Missed the Second Deadly Sin?  Catch up here.

Missed the Third Deadly Sin?  Catch up here.

Missed the Fourth Deadly Sin?  Catch up here.

Missed the Fifth Deadly Sin?  Catch up here.

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Sin No. 6: Excuses

“He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” ― Benjamin Franklin

What do excuses look like?

As a writer, I tend to be passionate about it. When people ask what I do, the “I’m a Writer” portion always comes spilling out first. I think I do that as a reminder of what my goals are.

When these conversations take place, someone will inevitably say, “I write too!”

“That’s great!” I respond, “what do you write?”

“Well, I like to write than I’m an actual writer..” They respond.

“Why is that?” I genuinely ask.

“I’m just so busy, with work, and school, and my significant other, I just don’t know when I can fit it in!”

We all have commitments, I get it.

In one sentence, we can go from stating a dream we associate our identity with to stating the reasons we do not pursue our dreams.  I understand we all have time commitments.  Allocating the proper amount of time to our responsibilities and investing the right amount to our dreams is a balancing act that must be figured out in order to achieve our heart’s desires.  As said by Jeff Goins, “you are a writer, you just need to write.”

You are *insert dream here*, you just need to do it.  No excuses.

My wife knew I was researching this topic, the other night she sent me a powerful quote that said something like this:

“While you are still looking for an easy way, someone else is getting results because they decided making progress is more important than making excuses.” – Unknown

I do not know who to give credit to for that quote, but I love it.

Excuses are created by us to justify the reasons we are no accomplishing our goals.

Excuses versus…

  1. Excuses versus Goal – what excuses do you create for not meeting your goals?  Before I decided to not make any more excuses, I had a myriad of things I would come up with.  It took a few nights of reflection to realize my dreams will never happen if I don’t MAKE them happen.  Set a goal.  Write it down.  Make it reasonable, not impossible.  Don’t say, “my goal is to work 25 hours a day!”  Do any known points of conflict come to mind?  If so, what are they?  What steps are you going to take to plan your time well enough that the conflict is minimal?
  2. Excuses versus Commitment – too often, we have seen people begin to pursue their dreams with gusto and enthusiasm only to burn themselves out within a few weeks and give up altogether.  Making your dreams a reality is a huge commitment.  It requires time, a detailed plan, and a thorough understanding of what you wish to accomplish.  I am in the middle of writing a book.  It took me 8 years to finally begin to write it.  The difficulty was knowing where to start; before you climb a mountain you must find the trail.  If there is no trail, make sure you have the right gear to climb over any obstacle in your way.  I found the key for me was outlining and working my way through the first draft as fast as possible.  This allowed the ideas to flow.  Once they were recorded, I could build upon them and add the depth I was looking for.  Experiment.  What works for me might not work for you.
  3. Excuses versus Opportunity – do not lose gusto or heart when you find somebody else has beaten you to your idea.  Some of the largest and most influential companies are not those who did it first, but those who did it right.  Listen to your customers.  Trust us, they will tell you what they want.  The more you discuss your product or idea with people, the more you can tune it to what people want.  Opportunity is everywhere, we just need to figure out where we fit in the equation.

“Success is not obtained overnight. It comes in installments; you get a little bit today, a little bit tomorrow until the whole package is given out. The day you procrastinate, you lose that day’s success.” ― Israelmore Ayivor