Oh, That’s Right! You Don’t Have One..
As human beings, we can often be so shallow. All of us! We’ve been trained and conditioned over the last century or two to be complacent with the status quo. It seems like everyone is trying to blend in, as opposed to making mistakes, trying new things, and standing out. So, where’s all this fear stemming from? Are people really afraid of failing? Or, simply lazy? I’ve personally found myself in situations where I’ve tried a new idea or series of new things and failed at every single one of them (and gone broke, again) so I know what it’s like to doubt one’s abilities. But, what about those individuals we all know that never seem to want to get out of their comfort zone? It seems as if all they know how to do is talk about ideas and come up with new excuses as to why they cannot accomplish them. There has to be a point at which people realize that the problem isn’t with the economy, their upbringing, the devil, or whatever other creative scapegoat or excuse they can fabricate that day. They eventually have to realize that the problem lies within.
Excuses, excuses, excuses— Things happen, we can all relate to that. But, there’s a point at which one has to decide. You have to decide whether or not you really want it. Whatever “it” is. John Paul Dejoria, one of my favorite role models, coined a well-known quote that remains forever seared into my conscious. The Billionaire co-founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems states, “Successful people do what unsuccessful people aren’t willing to do.” WOW! Did you just hear that!? It’s literally that simple! To expound, there’s another quote that goes something along the lines of, “If you want to be rich, do the opposite of what poor people do.” Whoa!! It literally is that simple!
[Disclaimer: I’m not saying that my or anyone’s goal should be to get super rich. That’s the epitome of shallow]
I’ve found in my personal life, that despite whatever major setbacks or frustration I may be experiencing at the time, if I’m giving it my absolute all, none of it really bugs me. Things only really affect me when that period of laziness, complacency, procrastination, and stagnation subtly begin to creep in. It starts so small, too! So sneaky! That article you’ve been planing to write. “Oh, it’s all good. I can do it in the morning.” Or, that customer you really need to follow up with. “I don’t want to bother them. I’ll wait a few days.”
stay where one is or delay action until a particular time or until something else happens.
Wait. One of the most dangerous words in the dictionary. A true dream killer. Since when has waiting to complete a given task or objective helped propel anyone in the right direction? Oh, thats right! Since NEVER. My favorite is when people use the classic excuse, “I’m just waiting on God.” Excuse (no pun intended) me? Waiting on God to do what? How many signs, wonders, and miracles a week do you need before you finally have the faith to move in the direction that you intrinsically know God has already greenlit you to go. I think that voice of doubt and reasoning you’re succumbing to might be God asking you, “What are you waiting for?” Learn to hear Him more concise and clearly. Lots of people disagree and get really irritated when I say this (probably because they feel insecure and know that it’s true), but I strongly believe that God has blessed each of us with the raw tools, talent, and ability to move forward in our destiny. We are already equipped with everything that we need at this precise moment to begin our journey; and, for everything we’re lacking, He’ll supply the favor, resources, and wisdom along the way. It’s called faith.
Long story short- Stop making excuses for not accomplishing those things that you know that you are supposed to. No more laziness, procrastination, or stagnation. It’s time to move. Everyone is allotted the same 24 hours in a day. It’s up to you what you do with those 24-hours. While you’re complaining about being tired and how much work you have to do, someone else is out there with a lot more on their plate than you, making it happen. Managing their time, money, and resources in a responsible way. Learning from their mistakes, trying new things, and making magic. I don’t care what you need to do or sacrifice in order to achieve what you’re supposed to. Notice, I said supposed to. Not, want to. Because, our wants are different from our purpose, and oftentimes people fail because they neglect to see each for what it is. Figure out who you are, your purpose, your passion, and prepare. In that order. Purpose, Passion, Preparation – and finally Persevere. Because, I 110% guarantee that you will reach points in your journey where you feel like tossing in the towel, turning around and giving up. But don’t get mired down and stuck because of these obstacles. They are there to strengthen, grow, and increase your faith, both in God, your purpose, and yourself.
So, it’s 1 am, I have to be up in 4 hours, and I’m going to spend the next hour refining this post for you guys so that we can all move forward with a fresh fire! I have no excuse(s), and if you can convince me that yours is legitimate enough to hinder you from accomplishing, I’ll give you $100 cash, no questions asked. It’s probably impossible, but try me in the comments. Or, you could just think of ways to beat your excuses into the mud, learn as much as you can, and give life every ounce of creativity, passion, and grit in your body. I’ll take the latter. What will you do?