It’s fair to say that I’ve had my share of loss in life…
Two pets that I loved like they were my own children, close friends who I grew up with, and of course, lots of money invested in many businesses.
Yet even considering all of the above, I still firmly believe that having loved and lost is better than to have never loved at all.
In relationships, business, and life in general, the pain of lost opportunities have a bigger impact than the regret of doing something wrong.
See, when you say no to new ideas, propositions, opportunities or people, you miss the chance to appreciate and experience everything life has to offer.
Which is tremendously important to your happiness and success.
But sometimes, our minds like to subconsciously prevent us from fulfilling these new opportunities, denying ourselves the opportunity to grow, improve, and evolve.
But why do we do this?
Why do we sabotage our happiness and success by not doing what we know we’re supposed to do?
Do we fear feeling paralyzed by failure?
Or perhaps it’s one of these 6 excuses that could be keeping you from living your greatest life:
Excuse #1: Indulge. Life is meant to be enjoyed.
Sure, life is meant to be enjoyed! And there are times that we should completely indulge and even ‘treat’ ourselves. But this excuse can wreak havoc on your lifestyle if you use it too often. If you buy everything you want, eat anything you want, relax and be lazy as much as you want, you will not get anywhere that you want to go. The key is to incorporate moderation in everything, and not overly indulge in anything too much. To test this theory, try giving up one bad habit you know you have right now and see if your energy changes or your mindset shifts.
Excuse #2: I’m too old.
Society, media, and even our parents all set expectations in our minds that we have to achieve certain things by a certain age. However, these are nothing but limiting beliefs holding you back. Remember, you are the creator of your own destiny, and you have made decisions and choices that have brought you to this exact moment in life. You can always shift these events in the order you choose, your life is in your hands!
Excuse #3: I don’t have enough time.
If we all have the same amount of hours in the day… why is it that some people can achieve more than others? Rather than getting stuck in this damaging excuse, try managing your time and prioritizing the things you need to get done, while still incorporating the things that make you happy. Schedule the activities that are truly important and focus on your long term goals rather than instant gratification. One of my favorite affirmations is:
“Time expands to meet my needs.”
And I actually have it written on a sticky note on my laptop. Try it yourself!
Excuse #4: I’m not good enough.
Negative self talk is one of the most effective ways to block progress - if you don’t believe in yourself… who will? Remember that we all have different gifts and skillsets that make us unique. Take the opportunity to recognize yours and share them with the rest of the world. Don’t let this excuse keep you from fulfilling your dreams and goals.
Excuse #5: It’s just not the right time.
If not now… when? “When the kids go to college.” “When I get married.” “When I retire.” There will never be a better time than right now. Life is too short, and you are the only one that can get you from where you are right in this moment, to where you have always dreamed of being. Remember what I mentioned above about regretting passing up opportunities? Well, it’s time to act!
Excuse #6: I’m too scared.
Most of us hide under many excuses to not take action, when in reality, we don’t want to admit we’re afraid. Now, how would your life be different if you could reframe that rush of adrenaline into courage? You don’t have to overcome all of your fears, instead try taking baby steps towards your goal one day at a time. It’s natural to be scared of the unknown, it reminds us we are human. But harness this fear and use it as fuel to move forward - don’t resist it. Push yourself so you can be proud of yourself.
Now before I go, I have a question for you.
Do you want to learn more about self-limiting beliefs?
To find out where they come from, and how they take root in your subconscious mind without you even noticing it, check this out right now!
You’ll finally learn how to dissolve any self-defeating beliefs and improve your income, business, relationships, health, etc.
And if you have any other tips on how to overcome negative habits, excuses or limiting beliefs, please share them with our community in the comment box below :)
Natalie Ledwell is a best selling author, speaker and successful entrepreneur. She's passionate about helping others to achieve their greatest dreams and ambitions through her personal development programs and her online TV show, The Inspiration Show.