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 your goals.
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?"
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.
take time to do things that fuel your passion.
Do 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 winning.
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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