Excuses are to life as linemen are to the offense. Confusing enough for you? In more plain terms, the more excuses you give yourself, the greater the opposition you create for yourself becomes. Let’s say the end zone represents your goal and you really want to get there. For some reason, many of us create excuses for not doing something and place them on the “defensive line” between where we are and our goal. 
I’ve definitely done this before all to find myself unable to move and overwhelmed. We have no problem thinking of a goal or something we want and we also have no problem coming up with 1,001 reasons not to pursue it.

But why place more limitations on ourselves than we have to? While there are probably several explanations, I have observed two the most when working with clients. After careful consideration a series of powerful questions, I’ve found that people create excuses because they are pursuing a goal that they really and truly don’t want or they are fearful about the pursuit of a goal.

You might ask, “Why would someone set a goal they don’t want?” You would be surprised at how many people are living their life through the eyes and expectations of others. There are also those who bought into the “hype” of an endeavor when it really wasn’t for them. By asking select clients, “Is this something you really want to do?”, we’ve created that Ah-ha! moment to reveal the real intention behind the excuses.

Then there is the fear factor. I constantly advise client not to run from fear, but to pay attention to it. As I mentioned in a previous post, what we feel serves as life’s indicators trying to get our attention about something. A client who dreamed of owning his own business always had an excuse why he hadn’t taken one step toward his goal. We explored that fear together and discovered that he wasn’t yet confident a marketing strategy that could work for his product. Part of him wouldn’t allow him to get started without having a solid, believable plan.

Be honest with yourself and take a real look at why you’re creating the excuses that you have. Do not judge yourself for having them! Use them as opportunities to listen to your inner guidance about how to confidently go forward.
 


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