I read something today that really resonated with me so I want to share it with you: “Excuses are the nails used to build a house of failure”. Extreme? Perhaps. True? Absolutely!
I’d like you to take a moment and think about how many times in an average day you hear someone make an excuse for something. Perhaps your child made an excuse for why they failed a test; a neighbor made an excuse for why they stopped their diet before reaching their goal… and certainly people make excuses in ACN every day.
By definition, an excuse is an explanation offered in hopes of obtaining forgiveness. That said, an excuse is a negative thing, yet it’s something we tolerate from people in our everyday lives, something we explain away as simply being human nature. But what’s the real reason people make excuses in the first place? I believe it’s because we have such an incredible fear of failure. We don’t want to be seen as failing by others, but even more importantly, we don’t want to admit to ourselves that we failed. So it’s easier to just make an excuse and move on. If you’re too busy to devote time to your ACN business, then you didn’t fail at ACN… you just got busy.
The reality is that failure isn’t a bad thing. This past weekend I had an opportunity to spend some priceless time with John Maxwell who is a big believer – and a big supporter – of failure. As John teaches, there is no achievement without failure, and to think for a moment that it might even be possible immediately sends your thinking down the wrong track. Failure is inevitable – so the sooner we learn how to deal with it and overcome it, the better. In fact, if you haven’t had at least a handful of failures in your life, then you probably haven’t ever truly been challenged. And if you haven’t ever been challenged, then ask yourself if you have ever done anything truly worth doing. After all, as I’ve always believed, falling flat on my face actually puts me six feet (or close to it) closer to my goal!
An excuse might provide a temporary boost to your self-esteem for that moment – but it provides permanent damage to your future potential. So ask yourself: are you making excuses or are you making progress? I assure you that you can’t do both at the same time!
While you’re already online reading this blog, take a minute to go over to ACN’s SUCCESS on Demand website and listen to an excerpt from Brian Tracy’s book No Excuses! The Power of Self-Discipline. Hear from Brian how a little self-discipline goes a long way in helping you avoid the pitfalls associated with making excuses. It’s less than 20 minutes in length – so there’s really no excuse not to.
Until next time,