by Sandra Dawes | Featured Contributor
I’ve been reading a lot of books about mindset. I know that my reality is a reflection of the thoughts in my head. Change your thoughts; change your life, right? I decided to share some of the excuses that I have had to release (or am currently in the process of releasing) in order to make 2016 a fabulous year.
- I don’t have enough timeWe make time for the things that matter to us. If you’re not making time, your goals aren’t meaningful enough to you.
- I don’t know where to startAt the risk of sounding cheeky, start at the beginning! Read a book, do some research, talk to someone who’s done something similar. Every journey starts with a single step!
- I don’t have the energyAre you getting enough sleep, or are you spending too much time Googling in bed? Healthy eating, exercise and good overall self-care will help to remedy this issue. Much like the lack of time excuse, it’s all about prioritizing.
- I can’t do it on my ownThe good news is you don’t have to! Success is never a solo project. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Just make sure those you ask have the ability to or can put you in touch with someone else who does!
- Too many people are doing the same thingGood old competition! Sure there may be lots of people in your industry, but they aren’t you. They don’t have your experiences, your knowledge or your personality. You just have to find a way to set yourself apart from the crowd.
- I have nothing special to offerThis is probably one of the most debilitating thoughts to have as an entrepreneur. Tied in with #5, you are unique and you do have something special to offer to your clients or customers. If you’re not sure what that is, talk to former or current clients about what made them choose you.
- I don’t have enough moneyMuch like #1 and #3, this is all about priorities. If there’s an investment you want to make in yourself or your business, budget for it. Whether you need to cut expenses or generate more revenue, there’s always a way, it up to you to find it!
- I don’t have the skills/educationThis excuse doesn’t have much power to it, especially these days. If you don’t have the time to sit in a classroom, you can learn online. Whether it’s taking courses, buying books or hiring a coach to develop your skills, there is a way. Besides, look at how many have achieved success without a formal education.
- It’s too riskyThis reminds me of the late Susan Jeffers’ book Feel the Fear and Do it Anyway. Fear is not something to avoid. Acknowledge its existence, but don’t give away your power to it. Ask yourself “what’s the worst that could happen” and remember that the scenarios we create in our mind have usually less than a 1% chance of becoming a reality.
- What will people think?So you think your idea is a wild one and people will think you’re crazy. Who cares? We’ve only got one chance at this life, and there’s no reason we should be living it according to anyone’s expectations but our own! Remember Wayne Dyer’s quote “other people’s opinions of me are none of my business!”
What excuses and limiting beliefs are you letting go of this year so that you can make this year one to remember?
Sandra Dawes is a recovering control freak and excuse maker, as well as founder of Embrace Your Destiny, her life coaching practice. Her work involves teaching women how to stop making arguing for their limitations so that they can create the life that they want. Sandra’s inspiration to help others in this area comes from her own journey and experiences in dealing with the heartbreak of losing her father. She published her first book Embrace Your Destiny: 12 Steps to Living the Life You Deserve, a story that outlines her personal journey, in November 2013.
In her down time, Sandra loves to read, do yoga and spend time with her partner Satnam and their dog Lulu. For more information on what she does, visit www.embraceyourdestiny.ca.