The great scientist, Dr. George Washington Carver said, “ninety-nine percent of failures come from people who have the habit of making excuses. People get stuck in the life style of living for tomorrow because they accept their own excuses for not taking action. Inaction is one of the main reasons that people fail to live better and more fulfilling lives. If you're stuck in the “do It later” mindset, make up your mind to stop making excuses.
If you've been making excuses for putting things off, it is now time to take charge of your life. Think about all the things you've been delaying -at work, at home, in your personal relationships, or for your personal development. Make a list.
Now choose one thing on that list that you can do something about now. Write down every excuse you've given yourself for not having done anything about it yet. Ask yourself if you have considered all the consequences for not getting it done. Are you prepared to live with them? Do you have a genuine reason for putting off this task?
You must be honest about this self-assessment in order to have a break through. Forget about what other people think; look in the mirror and ask the hard questions. If you have a legitimate reason for delaying action in this area, move on to another item on the list. Identify something that you can make happen now, simply by deciding to do it. As the Nike slogan goes, “Just Do It”. When you've completed this task successfully, your sense of accomplishment will motivate you to repeat this process with another item on your list.
Successful people know that their accomplishments depend on two things: taking action and staying focused on their goals. People who are successful in any situation or career have an ability to make things happen. Most productive individuals create a legacy of being a doer because they develop certain traits. To become a person of action and get all you want out of life, you must:
· Know what you want.
· Force yourself to take action.
· Be willing to make mistakes and learn from them.
· Stop making excuses!
Now take another look at your list and choose another project. Write down every excuse you've been giving yourself for not getting started, or for leaving it unfinished. Put as many things on the list as you can think of. Now try to eliminate one excuse at a time. Ask yourself hard questions: Why do I have to delay this task? Is it necessary to go on postponing it? If Oprah Winfrey was in my situation, would she postpone it? What will happen if I keep putting this off? If I keep putting this off, when will I get it done? Can I get started on it now? What part of the project could I complete now? If I delay this task now, what other task will I tackle to make better use of my time?
As you eliminate your excuses, think of what you can do quickly to complete each task or project, and do it. Writer Stephen King says, “Amateurs sit and wait for inspiration, the rest of us just get up and go to work.” It is important to recognize what is holding you back from taking action and commit yourself to being more productive. Make a decision to do it now!
Written by Dr. RL Kight for Mind Power Solutions