Excuses Excuses Excuses

Excuses. No one likes getting excuses. Everyone seems to give excuses. And in my business, when you think you are receiving a lot of excuses, it is a cosmic red flag to look at how often you are using excuses for not achieving a goal. Did you get that?

Dr. Success Challenge: Pause for a moment and look back upon the last 7 days in your life. Did you find yourself saying you did not achieve a desired success because you did not have the time; or because you lacked a needed resource such as a strong network; or because you did not have the money; or, my personal favorite, because someone else caused a problem and if they just would have cooperated, you could have achieved your goal?

Now here is the question you really won’t like answering: Did your excuse solve the problem or create an additional challenge to solve? My educated guess is that you not only did NOT achieve your goal or solve a problem, you added frustration to your list of obstacles to overcome before you can achieve the goal or solve the problem.

Some lessons cannot be relearned often enough!

Don’t Die Principle of Responsibility #2: You can make excuses or you can achieve your goals…but you cannot do both. What choice are you going to make?

If you want more evidence, check out this TEDx talk by Larry Smith Hang in to the end….Unless…http://www.ted.com/talks/larry_smith_why_you_will_fail_to_have_a_great_career

Note:  I did not originally create the Don’t Die Principle, but whoever brought it into my life, changed my life for the better.  Thank you,


About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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