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Showing up for yourself

For over two decades, I’ve been helping people set goals. Whether I was working with clients on probation or coaching entrepreneurs building communities, there has always been a common hurdle. This might sting a bit.

When it comes to setting goals and achieving them, we are great at coming up with excuses. I don’t have the money. I don’t have the time. I’m not gifted enough. I don’t have many followers. I didn’t get the degree. It’s already been done.

As difficult as it might be to hear, it isn’t usually that thing, and the excuse you’re making is just that — an excuse. Plenty of artists and business owners learn to create in spite of tremendous hurdles and obstacles. If you need proof, check out A Beautiful Constraint. It’s recommended reading for altMBA participants for good reason.

It’s us. We get in our own way. If we ask enough questions and peel back the layers, eventually the excuses can’t stand. You owe it to yourself to show up for yourself and your dreams. Ten minutes a day can build momentum that spills over into other areas of your life. A daily journaling practice can help you find the courage and confidence to work on a business plan. A daily doodle can lead to a finished painting.¬†Weekly blog posts can become a book.

Make a promise to yourself to show up, even if it is for five minutes. If you need help getting started, Amie McNee has generously put together a list of 31 prompts to inspire you to put pen to paper. 

Let me know how it goes.

The perfect moment

I don’t have time.

I don’t have the resources.

He’s just lucky. 

Next quarter will be lighter.

After this meeting.

I need the right partner.

The market isn’t right.

I’m not finished.

She manipulated the situation.

It could be better.

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We paralyze ourselves. With excuses. Lots of them. But mostly, it’s fear.

Whether it’s finishing a project or starting something new, our fears manifest in all sorts of forms and reasons why we shouldn’t, can’t, are unable to.

The right moment may never happen. Stop waiting for it to come around and look to create it for yourself. Learn to deal with “good enough.”

While you’re making excuses, others are figuring out how to make it work.