It’s not the right time. I don’t have the things I need to get started. I’m not ready. Do any of these phrases sound familiar? These are just a few excuses we give ourselves for why our dreams are not reality.
We are our biggest barrier to success. I want you to think about something you always said you wanted to do. Grab a sheet of paper and on the left side, I want you to write out five reasons you haven’t achieved your goal. For me, I always wanted to be a blogger and motivational speaker. I would tell myself that I don’t have any experience. I’m too young. I don’t know if people will care about what I have to say. I don’t have the time. I don’t have the right technology. All of these are just excuses that keep our dreams from becoming our reality.
1) YOU ARE AFRAID TO FAIL
Stop allowing the excuse of fear to keep you from living out your greatness. It is okay to have a dream and it is okay to be confident in the pursuit of your desires.
So on that same sheet of paper, I need you to take a look at all the reasons you told yourself you CAN’T. To the right of your list, I want you to combat those reasons with how you CAN achieve your dreams.
Sometimes the odds may be stacked against you. Sometimes it may be a fight with your friends and family to see your vision and to believe in your dreams. You will even encounter some fights with yourself at times, but don’t lose sight of your vision and ERASE ALL DOUBT.
2) YOU DON’T BELIEVE YOU ARE QUALIFIED
If you don’t have any experience, get some. Find someone who is doing the things you desire to do and shadow them while on the job. Go to the library and check out books and continue to learn as much as you can about what is it that you want to pursue. The Internet is an endless source of information, utilize Google and YouTube to learn the things you don’t know.
Never let age be an intimidation. Age is not an excuse, because time is not promised. You can be 50 plus years of age and still not be qualified, if you don’t have a vision of what you want to achieve. When you have a dream with some action behind it, then that is all the qualifications you need.
3) YOU DON’T HAVE THE TIME
If you don’t have the time, then make the time. If your job takes up majority of your day, then on the weekends you need to be working overtime. On your lunch break, you need to be working for yourself. You should never be working harder for someone else than you do for yourself. If that means while you are eating breakfast, then you also need to be working and while you’re on your way to work, you need to be planning and preparing.
4) YOU DON’T HAVE THE RESOURCES
If your excuse is that you don’t have the right technology, then I need you to start with what you have. Do the best you can with what you have and the rest will come. When I first started writing, I used my notepad on my cellphone to brainstorm and write. I had a super old computer that ran extremely slow, but it got the job done. Overtime, someone blessed me with a new computer, because they believed in my dream and wanted to support.
Start with what you have and then as you grow, people will see your passion and product and be willing to assist you along the way. Utilize community resources like your local universities and libraries, you will be surprised what they may have to offer. Start small and allow time for your craft to grow and develop.
5) YOU ARE LOOKING FOR VALIDATION FROM OTHERS
One of my favorite quotes by Marianne Williamson says, “our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us.” You don’t need anyone’s permission to pursue your dreams. You have to want it for yourself and you have to EXECUTE. Develop a plan for how you are going to achieve your success and go after it unapologetically.
You have everything you need to be successful and you are already ENOUGH. Stop making excuses for why you haven’t reached the level of success that you desire. Turn your dreams into reality. Tomorrow is not promised, and if you are needing a sign that you should go for it.. HERE’S ONE!!!