How to overcome excuses: Six tips to gain the edge and meet your
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[April 18, 2014]
Great people throughout history
often fail, quite miserably, before finally reaching their goals,
says international business strategist Dan Waldschmidt.
"Van Gogh sold only one painting during his lifetime; Winston Churchill lost
every public election until becoming prime minister at age 62; Henry Ford went
bankrupt five times; Albert Einstein was a terrible student and was expelled
from school; Sigmund Freud was booed from a stage," says Waldschmidt, author of
"Edgy Conversations: How Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success."
"Ideas, brilliance, genius —
they all mean nothing without the guts, passion and tenacity necessary to make
your dream a reality. But often, people fall back on excuses and give up on
trying to reach their goals."
Most of us have dreams, and many of us have big ones, but few of us actually
see them through, he says.
He offers six tricks for jumping off the excuse train and forging the path to
Mean, small-minded people know that they suck. That's why
they are so cranky and eager to point out others' mistakes. They hope that
by causing others to feel inadequate, everyone will forget about how
woefully off the mark their own performance is. Don't blame anyone, for any
reason, ever. It's a bad habit.
Stop working on things that
just don't matter. Not everything needs to be done in place of sleep. If
you work for a boss, then you owe them solid time. You can't cut that out.
You can, however, cut out television time, meetings and anything else that
gets in the way of achieving your goals. Replace entertainment with activity
toward your goal.
Refuse to let yourself wallow
in self-doubt. You're alive to succeed. Stop comparing your current
problems with your last 18 failures. They are not the same. You are not the
same. Here's something to remember: Your entire life has been a training
ground for you to capture your destiny right now. Why would you doubt that?
Stop whining. Go conquer.
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And then do it next time.
If you spend a decade or two earnestly trying to be better,
that's exactly what will happen. The next best thing to doing
something amazing is not doing something stupid. So learn from
your mistakes and use the lessons to dominate.
"What can I do better next time?"
Exercise is a
great example. Living in the moment requires you to live at peak
performance. A huge part of mental fitness is physical fitness.
A sparring or running partner is a great way to refresh physical
competition. Physical activity accelerates mental motivation.
time to do things that fuel your passion.
this once or twice and you'll snap out of your funk pretty fast.
When you start genuinely apologizing for being a bad influence
on those around you, you learn to stop whining and start
yourself and those around you for having a bad attitude.
Dan Waldschmidt is the author of
"Edgy Conversations: How
Ordinary People Achieve Outrageous Success." He is an
international business strategist, speaker, author and extreme
athlete. His consulting firm solves complex marketing and business
strategy problems for savvy companies all over the world.
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