We are really good at making excuses to get out of work. Many people work but don’t love what they are doing so they find ways to justify their situation. Through my experiences talking and coaching people to find the best version of themselves, I’ve discovered three excuses to get out of work used over and over again.
What we really need to do is STOP using these excuses as justifications to why we are holding ourselves back. So what are these excuses?
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I Will Do It Later
No, you won’t. Stop procrastinating. Just do it. That thing you don’t want to do. That thing that you want to put off until later. It needs to get done, and you will feel better if you go do it right now.
That goes for the little things too. I find myself falling victim to this all the time too. I say to myself, oh I’ll flip the laundry later. Guess what? I get busy and then guess what doesn’t get done? Yep, the laundry. Don’t put it off if you can do it right now. Just get up and do it. The same can be said for your business.
Don’t want to write up that new business course? I bet you are filling your head with the excuses no one will want to take it anyway. How do you know if you don’t do it? Stop using this as one of your excuses to get out of work. You won’t do it later, go do it right now.
I Do Not Have Time
This is my favorite excuse to get out of work. What this really says is “This task is really not that important”, because we find time to do the things that we’ve made important. Whether that is spending more time with your family, taking a course, starting a business. If it’s really important to you, you will make the time.
So stop saying it. I do not have time means this is not important to me. I will visibly cringe if you tell me this. Lying to yourself is counterproductive to everything you need to succeed. Get out of your own way! The number one hurdle I hear or see when you really get to the root of this is that people think their past failures mean they will always fail.
It doesn’t mean that. You must seek ways to stop blaming past failures for your potential future success. Every single great success story has a great failure story to tell along side it. Build the course, do the laundry, make the time.
I Am Not Good at It
Did you try it? I don’t mean I gave it a half-hearted try and wasn’t the best in class therefore never tried again. I mean did you actually invest time, attempt to learn it, sought out advice to make it easier?
Very few people are AMAZING at something the first time they try it. That’s a true statement for basketball, studying a new subject, coaching people, or even cleaning your house. So why do you assume you will be awesome at owning a business.
As kids, we are celebrated for trying. When was the last time you cheered on a co-worker for trying something new? Start cheering when you try something new, and when you see someone else trying something new. I get so annoyed by people who are constantly telling me about the negative aspects of someone.
This gives them the power to use this as one of their excuses to get out of work. Don’t give them that power, instead cheer them on. Remove the phrase I am not good at it, and replace it with I will keep on trying.
Excuses to Get out of Work Conclusion
The three excuses holding us back as a group are; I will do it later, I don’t have time, and I am not good at it. Stop using these phrases and finding ways to put off things. Just get busy! Work hard, be proud of yourself, and find ways to celebrate everything you do accomplish.
One of the most important things you can do for yourself is to