As humans we are all pretty similar. We have the same challenges and struggles, we have the same fears, disappointments and heartaches. We also share the same excuses or “buts”, the reasons we tell ourselves and others we can’t do something. Four of the most common are, Its too hard, Its going to take too long, Its too risky, and I don't have time. I want to break each of these down to see if these are really legitimate reasons not to do something we want or need to do.
IT'S TOO HARD!
When you hear yourself saying this you immediately provide yourself with a way out. It is a ready made excuse not to pursue what you need to do. Maybe it is a job you want to apply for but know it will be challenging. Maybe it is preparing for a marathon a friend wants you to run with them. Whatever it is if you believe it is too hard for you then it is!
When these words appear in your mind you must ask yourself, “Is this a valid reason, or do I not want to put the work in, or am I afraid of failing?” The reality is most if not all things worth doing will be hard! That is just life. If it was easy everyone would be doing it, all the cliches apply here. Do an internal interview of yourself and figure out why you think it is too hard. Once you come to a conclusion you have a choice to make. Give in to the excuse or overcome it. Realize that yes, it will be hard but you CAN do it if you set your mind to succeed.
Once you (hopefully) have decided its not REALLY too hard and you are going to do it, break it down into manageable steps. When we are presented with a sizable endeavor like running a marathon it can be overwhelming but when taken in different phases it can be done. Take some time to scope out a plan and you will feel better about what you need to do. Don’t let an excuse like, “it’s too hard!” Stop you from achieving your goal.
Our next article we will look at the next common but, “It’s going to take too long”.
J. Matthew King, Co-founder